September 27, 2012

Mountain Roots Food Project Holds Successful “Taste of the Harvest Garden-to-Table Fundraiser” Despite Rain


The Mountain Roots Food Project held their “Taste of the Harvest Garden-to-Table Dinner Fundraiser” Wednesday evening, where they showcased the organically grown food from their gardens in the Gunnison Valley.  For a ten dollar donation to their various programs, diners were treated to a meal selection that included potato leek soup, Parker Pastures beef chili, mashed potatoes and turnips, caramelized red onion, bacon, and cheese flatbreads, mixed greens and apple crisp.

Mountain Roots Food Project co-founder Holly Conn

Mountain Roots Food Project (MRFP) is a Gunnison Valley based program that works to cultivate regionally based and sustainably produced food through an expanding network of gardens in the valley.  In addition, MRFP runs their Access & Outreach program to “build individual and community self-reliance, foster social justice, promote cultural integration, and preserve farmable land.”  Mountain Roots Food Project also runs a Farm to School program to provide local organic food to local youths at various educational and care institutions in the valley.  To learn more, visit

Despite the rain forcing the event indoors to Montanya Distillery, the dinner attracted double the expected turnout.  The event organizer and MRFP co-founder, Holly Conn, expressed, “The turnout really demonstrates the support the community has for our project.  An enormous “thank-you” to Montanya Distillery for helping accommodate the last minute change.  Having the people who grew and cooked the food get to show off their talented and hard work was very satisfying.  It is one of the great rewards of working on a community project.”


About the Author

1. Ed Dujardin
After moving out west for college, Ed took summer school so he could spend winters in Crested Butte. These days, he coaches the Western State Colorado University Freeride Team, and spends as much time as he can fishing the incredible rivers of the area.