Our Story

aerial-hlpOur land, and our connection to it, is disappearing.  Whether rural or urban, there’s a constant struggle between conserving and developing a rich and beautiful piece of land.  Fortunately, the property that was the Polston Elementary school has become the Rio Grande Farm Park.

When it was a school, the vegetable garden taught students about growing, harvesting, preparing, and eating vegetables. In the future, the farm and other aspects of the land can teach all of us.

It all started when…

a community group from all walks of life came together with a vision of having a place to gather in a beautiful and healthy setting, preserve alluvial soil, grow food, and learn about farming and the environment, and share resources.

It began coming together when …

a group of people, from an area with limited financial resources, was able to purchase the property with the help of the Trust for Public Land and the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition.  Few communities in our country have such an accessible, rich farm space so close to downtown.

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folks can stroll across the Rio Grande from downtown across a pedestrian bridge. From there, they can take a lot of trails to view the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, watch water fowl, and breathe fresh, clear air. During the summer, you can watch the progress of crops grown by the Guatemalan community using traditional Mayan farming techniques and explore the apple orchard that was planted last summer. Frequently, groups of volunteers gather to improve and enjoy the land.

Planning phase is going strong…

as business, marketing, and capital campaign programs are under development. The master plan is heading into the design phase with substantial help from community input.

Economic development is part of the plan…

There are a number of ways to encourage economic development.  Our approach is to provide a public entity that draws people to the community and incubates a number of small businesses. This year the focus is on farmer incubation.

Each year there are new programs and activities.  This year …2015-whats-growing-09

  • the farm will support 5 farmers with plots of one acre or less. They will learn to farm in our environment and share equipment; and
  • there will be community workshops on topics such as organic farming, building soil with green manure, and permaculture techniques.

In the future…

  • kids will enjoy the farm through educational programs in conjunction with existing youth programs;
  • infrastructure, such as benches, will be created by local artists;
  • the farm will host recreation, environmental, and ecological events; and
  • enterprises such as a community kitchen, an events center, business park, and a farm to table restaurant will generate revenue for the farm.


RGFP is a 1% For The Planet non-profit

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Rio Grande Farm Park shared Milagros Coffee House's photo.

Thanks Milagros Coffee House for making our Friday sweet! ☕
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This Fun Friday we surprised the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition, who were hard at work planning this year's Harvest Soirée! Enjoy the croissants, and we hope all of our customers has a good we...

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Thanks Milagros Coffee House for making our Friday sweet! ☕

Rio Grande Farm Park added an event.

Join us for Stand-up paddleboarding on the Rio! Adams State Adventure Program will also bring kayaks for folks to try out. No prior skills required--we have everything you need.
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Rio Grande Farm Park added an event.

Join us for Stand-up paddleboarding on the Rio! Adams State Adventure Program will also bring kayaks for folks to try out. No prior skills required--we have everything you need.
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Rio Grande Farm Park shared Body Tune-Up Gym's photo.

All this month at Body Tune-Up: proceeds from Community Tea Yoga class will go toward the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition! Stop by Thursdays at 6 PM to check it out. More info: www.btugym.com Thank you Body Tune-Up Gym for your support!
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All this month at Body Tune-Up: proceeds from Community Tea Yoga class will go toward the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition! Stop by Thursdays at 6 PM to check it out. More info: www.btugym.com Thank you Body Tune-Up Gym for your support!

Rio Grande Farm Park added an event.

Meet us at the Rio Grande Farm park this Sunday at 11:30 AM for a fun storytime! This week's theme is ANIMALS. We will read stories in English and Spanish, talk about our favorite animals, and do fun animal activities! Every kid goes home with a free book thanks to the Friends of the Alamosa Public Library. Great for kids 2-10, but people of all ages will enjoy the this fun event.
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