New Roots CO first started with Eagle County Public Health’s, Healthy Communities Coalition. In 2012, this community initiated the Eagle County Food Policy Council as a workgroup to address healthy food access in our area. Eagle County Food Policy Council merged with Eagle County Slow Food and created the umbrella name of Mountain Harvest. Vail Valley Salvation Army agreed to house Mountain Harvest in alignment with their Avon Community Garden project and all collaborated to build the Avon Greenhouse and create a variety of programming, such as the Growing Gardeners, early childhood program. VVSA continues to operate the garden, greenhouse, and Growing Gardeners to this day. With the completion of the greenhouse and transition of key leaders, Mountain Harvest was renamed Bare Roots in 2017. In July of 2018, the Bare Roots committee decided to establish an independent nonprofit with a renewed focus on systems change to ensure equitable access to healthy, local foods. Thus, we are New Roots CO, building a resilient Eagle River Valley community, fueled by food.