In June 2018, PVCF purchased Dixon Station, a 109 acre property just north of Wellington Colorado. We were able to purchase this with bridge loans from community members as the purchase had to happen fast if we were to secure the land. These 109 acres have 3 irrigation wells, 1 domestic well and two additional irrigation shares. It cost us cost $1.3 million and now Jodar Farms has an affordable 15-year lease at Dixon Station for its chicken-eggs-pork operation. It is named Dixon Station after the nearby train stop that was used for loading sugar beets when the region was known for its many beet farms.
PVCF’s campaign to repay the bridge loans is now in full swing. Our model is to bring together community funds, conservation dollars and support from multiple entities in the community to preserve local farmland for local farmers. As a community member concerned about farmland preservation, supporting younger farmers, and reestablishing agricultural commons, please consider:
- JOINING the PVCF Coop as a member owner: the PVCF Coop at $2500/share for membership. Our goal is $200,000. Become a PVCF Member-Owner today or join us at one of our upcoming events and Q&A’s.
- DONATING to the conservation easement, supported by Colorado Open Lands and matched by Larimer County. Our goal is $150,000. Direct donation available at Colorado Open Lands.
About Jodar Farms:
Jodar Farms is a family-run farm owned by Aaron and Ria Rice that is dedicated to producing wholesome, nutrient-rich foods. Established in 2009, they believe in raising their animals with all natural growing practices and they strongly believe that animals should experience the things in life that make us all happy… warm sunshine, green grass and cool breezes.
Along with producing healthy animals, they believe that people should know the whole truth about what they are eating. Complete records of where the animals came from, how they are raised and where they are processed are readily available. By keeping their CSA members informed, they believe they will be able to make better decisions about the food they feed their families.
What they raise: Jodar focuses on Eggs, Pork and Chicken with the lamb and turkeys as specialty seasonal products.
Jodar offers two main CSA seasons: Summer and Winter. The Summer CSA season starts in June and lasts until October. This is the only way to buy meat chickens from Jodar Farms. The Winter CSA starts in January and lasts until May. This is primarily designed for eggs, pork and beef (from another source neighbor). PVCF members will have first options to purchase CSA shares and any purchase from Jodar will contribute to member dividends once dividends are distributed.
Learn more about Jodar at their website www.jodarfarms.com