Fields to Plate Produce (Max Fields and James Plate): Established 2013
Fields to Plate Produce is an up and coming force in the farming world. Based high in the Southern San Juan Mountains we use morph our crop plan and marketing according to our environment. Utilizing root and cole crops in addition to cold storage root cellaring we can stretch our seasonal range to 6 months. Maintaining organic practices and an attentive care for the soil is at the core of our business. We believe that organic farming can feed us all and we are constantly striving to achieve local food security in our community and surrounding regions. Fields to Plate is ever progressing and it is our hope to always expand and grow.
4-H Giving Back Garden (Greg Felsen): Established 2014
The La Plata County 4-H Giving Back Garden is excited to produce fresh, healthy, local vegetables for our community in 2015. Our garden plot acts as both an educational and production agriculture site. We will continue to focus on growing food for the USDA Commodity Food Distribution “Produce Bounty” program as well as for local community outreach organizations. In 2015, we will also further our efforts to engage youth in our community through hands-on garden projects that teach healthy living skills.
High Pine Produce ( Max Kirks): Established 2016
High Pine Produce believes in adding to a vibrant food system in the Four Corners while embracing local landscapes and heritages. It is our goal to provide consistently fresh leafy greens using appropriate technologies and organic farming practices. Experience the highest quality produce grown at high elevation with a touch of youthful spirit.
Alkali Gulch Farm (Candice Wood): Established 2016
As sixth generation farmers in the High Mountain Desert near Durango, CO, we produce flavorful, high-quality dryland pinto beans, wheat, sweet corn and melons. We are committed to our land, family, community and customers. To maintain the ecological capital of our soils, we use traditional farming practices including crop rotation and seed saving. We use traditional ecological knowledge of our area to produce culturally rich vegetables with the unique taste of our lands.
Farmer in Training Program: Established 2016
Farmers-in-training (FIT) work 2-3 days per week, both in the Education Garden learning farming skills and co-managing a ¼ acre plot with other FITs. Crops in the ¼ acre plot may include onions, winter squash, zucchini, snap peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, beets, kale and broccoli. FITs will also care for a small perennial plot, which may include raspberries, thyme, lavender, garlic, and flowers. Experience in the education garden and FIT plot will range from harvesting greens to fixing drip irrigation, from planting peppers to packing CSA bags. Once per month, informal classes will be offered during work hours, including pump maintenance, harvesting and food safety, direct seeding, and other topics with hands-on components. Learning farming skills that will support them in the future, FITs will be able to plan and run irrigation, select varieties, manage weeds, and harvest, process and market many different crops.
Mountain Roots Produce (2011-2013): Mike Nolan
Laughing Wolf Farm (2013): Leeann Hill
Terra Nova Gardens (2013): Chris Brussat
Linger Flower Co (2013-2014): Emily Lloyd and Audrey Preston
Axe Handle Farms (2014): Betzi Sherman
Odd Bird Farms (2014): Julia Hastings-Black
Unaccompanied Farmer (2014-2015): Brian Willemin
VanSickle Farms (2014-2015): Aaron VanSickle
Wild Soul Farms (2015): Danielle Duni