Field-to-Table Technical Outreach Package for Smaller-Scale Farmers – Ranchers in the Front range

2001 Annual Report for SW01-004

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2001: $48,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $73,500.00
Region: Western
State: New Mexico
Principal Investigator:

Field-to-Table Technical Outreach Package for Smaller-Scale Farmers – Ranchers in the Front range

Summary

To facilitate the execution of this project, NewFarms helped create the Value Added Crops Association. It is comprised of the project participants and other smaller-scale producers along the lower front range counties of New Mexico and Colorado. At the end of this period, the Value Added Crops Association was incorporated as the Tres Rios Agricultural Cooperative with the assistance of NewFarms. By meeting with co-op members at their meetings as well as at their farms and ranches, we have been able to set up systems for this project.

Objectives/Performance Targets

Year one of this project was funded by NewFarms. We set the objectives as follows: 1) Recruit participants from the Value Added Crops Association; 2) Formalize the Association into a Cooperative; and 3) Establish the parameters and means to carry out the SARE funded portion of the project (years two and three).

Accomplishments/Milestones

NewFarms acquired participants, helped the Value Added Crops Association incorporate as the Tres Rios Agricultural Cooperative, and created the parameters and procedures for carrying out the SARE funded portion of the project. Specifically, we identified the content areas of the manual and technical assistance package, and established preliminary outlets for the dissemination of the deliverables.

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

The establishment of the Tres Rios Agricultural Cooperative and the development of a program of assistance including manuals, technical assistance, and workshops led to a request by the community of San Luis and Costilla County Colorado to assist them with the formation of an agricultural cooperative in their area. The deliverables from this project will be extended to this group and other cooperatives and associations in the region.

Collaborators:

Douglas Wiley

Larga Vista Ranch
53071 Olson Road
Boone, CO 81025
Office Phone: 7199470982
Earl Sullivan

Rolling Hills Ranch
PO Box 60
La Loma, NM 87724
Office Phone: 5054277016
Beth Salazar

R&B Enterprises
46061 County Road 38.9
Trinidad, CO 81082
Office Phone: 7198451642
Ryan Morris

Country Roots Farm
29342 Everett Road
Pueblo, CO 81006
Office Phone: 7199482206
Kendall McCook

Route 1 Box 58
Springer, NM 87747
Office Phone: 5054832287
Greg Shultz

NewFarms
810 W. Manhattan Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Office Phone: 5058200481
Lujan Paul

Lujan Family Farm
PO Box 83
Mora, NM 87732
Office Phone: 5053875363
Dan Hobbs

bobosos@aol.com
Co-Director
NewFarms
46000 Olson Road
Avondale, CO 81022
Office Phone: 7199470491
Baca Ramona

Baca Family Farms
General Delivery
San Jose, NM 87565
Office Phone: 5054213690