The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0 - 10 yrs exp). The course is a series of eight evening classes designed to help New Farmers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills. A market farm is often a food crop and/or animal product business that markets its vegetables/fruit/eggs/meat/dairy/flowers/herbs and/or value added products directly to consumers or restaurants.
The class is limited to 30 partipants. Applications are scored by the Boulder County Building Farmers advisory committee. Many teach in the course.
Began as a regional partnership to build community and capacity among a new generation of direct market farmers and local food systems.For additional information, contact:
Dawn Thilmany McFadden
Jo Ann Warner
Initially funded by the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (grant award number 2009-49400-05877).