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2023 Farm Season is here! Meet our farmers…

2023 Farm Season is here and our producers have some amazing offerings available this year!

The list of farmers leasing land from PVCF is growing! There are meat and vegetable CSA’s, beef and other products for you to enjoy all season.



Belafonte Farm

Owner: Dennis Lacerte
Products: Vegetables, CSA
Property: Flores Del Sol

Belafonte Farm is a market farm on 3/4 acre of land at the Flores del Sol Natural Area in southern Fort Collins – 2023 will be the second season in operation! The farm offers over 80 varieties of fresh vegetables and fruit through a CSA program, the Larimer County Farmers’ Market Farm, local restaurants, the Food Bank for Larimer County, and the East Denver Food Hub. Although not certified, the farm grows organically and practices methods to promote plant and soil health, ecosystem diversity and limiting the use of machinery. CSA shares are available for signup on our website.


 

Cabri Creamery

Owner: Kristin Maxwell
Products: Goat Milk and Cheeses
Property: Pryor Farm

Cabri Creamery is a small-scale goat dairy inspired by the artisanal and pastoral traditions of French cheese making. We offer raw goat milk and cheese shares. Shareholders purchase a monthly subscription that supports the care of our herd and receive a custom, weekly quantity of fresh and flavorful dairy products. To inquire about available shares, please email cabri.creamery@gmail.com.


 

Caviness Farm

Owner: Tyson and Evanne
Products: Pastured Beef
Property: Pryor Farm

Tyson and Evanne run Caviness Farms with their son Sawyer and daughter Loretta on Fort Collins city open spaces and as producers for Poudre Valley Community Farms. The Caviness family lives their lives with a purpose: to feed their community healthy, natural, and ethical meats raised with love in the place we love. Our pastured beef is raised ethically and respectfully, and you can taste the difference in every bite. Invest in the health of your family and fill your freezer with delicious, grass-fed, grass-finished beef by purchasing a whole, half, or quarter cow share. Website: https://www.cavinessfarms.com/ 


 

Colorado Fresh Farms

Owner: Haydn Christensen
Products: Vegetables, Summer CSA
Property: Flores Del Sol

Colorado Fresh Farms grows and sells a large variety of fresh vegetables from the early spring thru the winter. We grow using pesticide free and natural practices. You can find us at the Old Town Farmers Market and at the Farm Stand at 8101 S Timberline. Follow us social media or at our website for more information!


 

Jodar Farms

Owner: Aaron Rice
Products: Pork, Eggs, Chicken and more CSA
Property: Dixon Station

Jodar Farms is entering into its 14th year raising pastured pork and chickens for eggs and meat for folks on the Front Range. You can join our unique CSA program, buy directly through our online farm store or shop our weekly in person farm store for the highest quality meats and eggs. Summer CSA shares go on sale March 1st 2023.  Jodar Farms Website


 

Native Hill Farm

Owners: Nic Koontz and Katie Slota
Products: Vegetables, summer and winter CSA
Property: Kestrel Fields

Native Hill Farm is a diversified, family run, 4-season vegetable farm located in Northwest Colorado.  We sell the highest quality produce and fresh cut flowers that can be grown here in Northern Colorado. Folks can join our Farm Share program and pick out the types of vegetables and/or flowers that they would like daily from 10am-6pm at our on site farm stand or on Saturday mornings at the Larimer County Farmers Market from 9-1pm. We also run a winter farm share program in which a variety of winter greens, root crops, and squashes are packed up for pick up every other week for 20 weeks.  You can read more about both our winter and summer programs here under the “farm shares” tab.  Hope you join us for the 2023 farming season! 

 


 

NoCo Cattle Company

Owner: Val Sumner
Products: Beef
Property: Flores del Sol, Pryor Farm
 
NoCo Cattle Company provides grass-fed and grass-finished beef focused on quality, environmental sustainability, and humane animal welfare practices. We work directly with PVCF and the City of Fort Collins open spaces to practice sustainable grazing while protecting the native animal habitats. 

NoCo Cattle Company sells 1/4, 1/2, and whole sides of beef which is grass-fed and grass-finished with no growth-hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. We also have processing options for grain-finished for anyone interested! For more information check out Beef | NoCo Cattle Company 


Additional Producers

Foothill Graziers
Owner: Kevin Jablonski
Products: Sheep and Llama grazing
Property: Pryor Farm

Shelly Gilbon
Products: Sheep
Property: Pryor Farm


 

 

 

Commissioner of Agriculture Visits PVCF Farms

On August 16, 2022, PVCF hosted Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenburg, and members of her staff to showcase our innovative conservation agriculture collaboration with the Natural Areas Department of the City of Fort Collins. Also in attendance were Larimer County Commissioners John Kefalas and Jody Shadduck-McNally, as well as Jeni Arndt, Mayor of Fort Collins, and a number of city, county, and state staff members. As participants gathered for coffee and pastries, our Executive Director, Stacy Lischka, delivered brief remarks about the essential nature of these partnerships to both preserve land access for farmers and help the city meet its commitment to improve conservation outcomes and resident access to local foods.group-ag-commissioner

Nic Koontz from Native Hill Farm gave the group a tour of Kestrel Fields before a delicious farm to table lunch provided by The Regional, after which the group moved to Flores Del Sol. There, Val Sumner of NoCo Cattle Company led a tour of the site, which included her operation and Colorado Fresh Farms’s vegetable crops and farmstand. After that, the group heard from Dennis Lacerte of Belafonte Farms about his experience with the Foodshed Project’s Farm Accelerator Project, which is also housed on the site. Finally, Commissioner Greenberg spoke about the state’s commitment to helping farmers build successful operations in Colorado.  

This event was a wonderful opportunity to share the important outcomes of our partnership with the Fort Collins Natural Areas Department in supporting small, local agricultural businesses. Our innovative approaches to jointly achieving these goals while also meeting the conservation goals of the Natural Areas Department are truly cutting edge, and we were thankful to demonstrate the value of this partnership to state, county, and city representatives.  This visit has spurred continuing conversations with state, county and city partners on how to increase our impact and support even more farmers and producers.

We’d like to thank the following partners for their support in making this event such a success: Fortified Collaborations, The Pig and The Plow, The Regional, Native Hill Farm, Belafonte Farm, Colorado Fresh Farm, St. Michael’s Farm, Maxwell Beef, and City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.

2022 Farm Season is here!

2022 Farm Season is here and our producers have some amazing offerings available this year!

The list of farmers leasing land from PVCF is growing! There are meat and vegetable CSA’s, beef and other products for you to enjoy all season.


Native Hill Farm

Native Hill’s Farm Shares are on sale now! Enjoy 24 weeks of fresh, local, and naturally grown produce. Multiple share sizes available and you can use your share membership account at the Larimer County Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings or at our Farm Stand 7 days a week. Farm Shares help support the farm upfront but anyone can shop at our Farm Stand or at our stand at the Larimer County Farmer’s Market.

Purchase your share today on the Native Hill website 


Jodar Farms

Jodar Farms 2022 CSA Shares are available! Sign up to receive locally raised chicken, eggs, and pork. Create a personalized order that fits your family’s needs and pick up at convenient locations in Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, or Longmont.

Learn more and purchase your share at the Jodar Farms website.


Colorado Fresh Farms

Colorado Fresh Farms is located at the Flores del Sol property (8101 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525).  Colorado Fresh Farms sells plant starts, produce, eggs, bread, fruit and products from other local farms. Check out all the details and hours on their farm stand page!

Learn more and purchase your share at the Colorado Fresh Farms website


NoCo Cattle Company

NoCo Cattle Company provides grass-fed and grass-finished beef focused on quality, environmental sustainability, and humane animal welfare practices. We work directly with PVCF and the City of Fort Collins open spaces to practice sustainable grazing while protecting the native animal habitats. 

NoCo Cattle Company sells 1/4, 1/2, and whole sides of beef which is grass-fed and grass-finished with no growth-hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. We also have processing options for grain-finished for anyone interested! For more information check out Beef | NoCo Cattle Company 


St. Michael’s Farms

St. Michael’s Farms is your local Fort Collins Bee and Berry Farm, specializing in INFUSED Honey, Elderberries, Elderberry syrup, Goji Berries, Blackberries and Lavender. The elderberries are grown at Fort Collins Flores del Sol property.

Find out more at the St. Michael’s Farm website and follow on Instragram:@st_Michaelsfarms

Welcome, Colorado Fresh Farms!

Please join us in welcoming PVCF’s newest producer, Colorado Fresh Farms, owned and operated by Haydn Christensen. They are the first producer on Flores del Sol and will be farming on about 30 acres. They are currently building a farm stand on the property, so save the date for opening day, May 7, 2021! The stand will be open May 7 – October 31 and will have plant starts, local produce, eggs, and bread. When in season, they’ll also have potatoes from White Rock Farms in Mosca, CO, and Palisade peaches. Check out all the details, address, and hours on their farm stand page.

A little bit more about the farm: “From seed to harvest, we are dedicated to providing sustainably grown produce. We believe in incorporating new and improved farming techniques whenever possible and eliminating chemical pesticides to better the health of our environment. Our hydroponic greenhouses save energy, facilitate faster production, and allow us to use less water than we would in the field! For field operations, we like to take a responsible and intelligent approach to conventional farming by applying the newest and safest techniques possible.”

To support the farm today, purchase a gift card to use at the farm stand and shop preorders for their spring plant sale!

PVCF and Colorado Open Lands (COL) are thrilled to officially announce the conservation of the 72-acre Dixon Station farm in Wellington, CO. The conservation easement on Dixon Station was completed on March 25th and was supported by the Larimer County Natural Resources Department’s Help Preserve Open Space sales tax funds. From COL’s press release:

“A key method to make land affordable for the co-operative is the conservation easement. PVCF has partnered with COL to permanently protect this land for agriculture, which often results in tax benefits for the landowner. In this case, by restricting the Dixon Station property uses to productive agriculture, PVCF will qualify for funding from the Larimer County Help Preserve Open Space tax program as well as receive a tax credit that can be used to put towards future land purchases.

The Larimer County Commissioners and Open Lands Advisory Board saw the community value in protecting this farm and thereby supported this innovative agricultural model with a contribution of $150,000 towards the purchase of the Dixon Station property.

Larimer County is pleased to partner with Colorado Open Lands to complete this conservation easement acquisition that conserves both important agricultural values and a visual backdrop to the west of I-25,” said Daylan Figgs, Director of the Larimer County Natural Resources Department. The Dixon Station farm is just the first property that PVCF has conserved in perpetuity for agriculture. PVCF will continue to grow their cooperative membership and look for opportunities to leverage community-based ownership of farmland. They are hopeful that other communities will follow their lead in increasing local land and food access across the state.”

To read the full press release, click here. Thank you to Colorado Open Lands, The Larimer County Commissioners and Open Lands Advisory Board, and our PVCF members for making this project possible.