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2021 CSA Season is here!

2021 CSA Season is here and our producers have some amazing offerings available this year!

By signing up for a CSA, you are making a commitment to directly support a small, local farm. This early season investment guarantees a source of income for farmers and enables them to secure the resources needed to grow delicious, nutrient-dense produce for you and your family.


Native Hill Farm

Native Hill’s 2021 Summer 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 the on farm Farm Stand 7 days a week.

Purchase your share today on the Native Hill website or fill out a paper application and send a check to: PO Box 890, Fort Collins, CO 80522


Jodar Farms

Jodar Farms 2021 Summer/Fall CSA Shares are available! Sign up to receive locally raised chicken, eggs, and pork from June – October. Create a personalized monthly order that fits your family’s needs and pick up each month at convenient locations in Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, or Longmont.

For pricing and more details, visit the Summer/Fall 2021 Member HandbookPurchase your share today on the Jodar Farms website.


Colorado Fresh Farms

Please join us in welcoming PVCF’s newest producer, Colorado Fresh Farms. Stay tuned for an update email soon with more details about the awesome work they’re doing.

Starting May 7, visit their new Farm Stand at the Flores del Sol property (8101 S. Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525).  Enjoy a unique selection of fresh, locally-grown produce and food from Colorado family farmers. Check out all the details and hours on their farm stand page!

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

Support Local this Season

Support our local farmers & small businesses! It is so important this season to support our local farmers, ranchers, food producers, and small businesses. Here are a few ways you can shop locally this season and support the people in our community:

FARMS
Native Hill farm stand is open this winter! Visit weekdays 10 am to 4 pm to purchase local, fresh, naturally grown produce. You can also give the gift of locally grown food with their new gift card option, on sale now. And, before we know it, it will be time to sign up for summer CSA shares. Save the date for January 18, 2021, when shares go on sale.

Looking for meat and eggs? Jodar Farms has an online farm store! Pick up spots are offered throughout the Fort Collins – Longmont – Boulder – Denver area. Check out all the locations, dates, and times here.

FARMERS MARKET
The Fort Collins Winter Market is back again this year and has an extended season from November – May. Their new location at Foothills Mall is the perfect place to safely shop all your favorite local food producers (including Jodar!). This month there are markets on December 5th, 12th, and 19th. Visit focomarket.org for all market dates.

RESTAURANTS
Don’t forget to support the restaurants that support our local farmers. This is a very challenging time for the service industry, so please considering ordering to-go, dining outside, or buying a gift card to use in the future.
– Through December 23rd, The Regional is offering a “buy some get some” gift card deal. Buy $50, get $10 additional or buy $100, get $25. Stop by during business hours or call to purchase (970-689-3508). They are also offering the #beatbobbyflay Turkey Pot Pie throughout the month. Call ahead to preorder for pick up on Fridays, 4-8pm.
little on mountain offers a delicious daily family meal for takeaway. To order, click here. They are also now accepting reservations. You can join them for brunch Wednesday- Sunday 8 am-1 pm and supper 3 pm-close every day of the week.

We have new land! And we need your help.

It’s official! We are delighted to announce that PVCF has signed two long-term agricultural leases with the City of Fort Collins! The leases began on November 1st and include 150-acres on South Timberline Road, known as Flores del Sol, and 30 acres on West Vine Dr, called Kestrel Fields. These projects represent a great leap forward for PVCF, and we are grateful to all who have worked over the years to make it possible! Special thanks goes to the City Natural Areas staff, who have patiently stewarded this project through many ups and downs.

Our vision for this land is to continue to relocalize food production in Northern Colorado, focusing on access to farmland for local producers. This includes providing infrastructure as well as partnering with other organizations to increase producer capacity, develop education programming, and grow demand. We will begin by subleasing at reasonable lease rates to core tenants – established, successful producers committed to sustainable agriculture and local marketing of their products.

We are very excited that after five years of PVCF work, our first tenant on these properties is Native Hill Farm. While they continue to collaborate on the Montava project, Native Hill will immediately expand on to Kestrel Fields, the 30-acre parcel on West Vine Dr. This is part of the old Smith Farm and is adjacent to the wonderful community at Grey Rock Commons. There is also a beautiful barn where we will host lots of fun events (that day will come!).

The southern parcel of land, known as Flores del Sol, is much larger and will be more diversified in its use. First, we will sublease some of the land to established farmers through our Farm Commons program. Then, we are working with The Northern Colorado Foodshed Project to launch other opportunities on the remaining land, the first of which will support beginning farmers ready to start their own business via a Farm Incubator. Over time, and with our partners on the property, we will build other essential, exciting elements, including a community garden, multi-farm CSA, meat locker, educational programming, and a food hub. All producers, including those within the Farm Commons, Farm Incubator, and Community Gardens, will use sustainable best practices, with the goal of building and maintaining healthy soil, managing water wisely, minimizing air, water, and climate pollution, and promoting biodiversity.

We are working diligently to begin structuring programming and finalizing partnerships. Native Hill has already broken ground at Kestrel Fields, and Flores del Sol will be up and running by Spring 2021. Stay tuned!


One More Board Member Needed
It is truly an exciting and pivotal time for PVCF, and we need your help! The new land projects will be a massive undertaking, and we won’t be successful without your energy, knowledge, and passion. Regardless of your background or skill set, every bit of support is welcome.

We are still looking for at least one more Board member to help support the leadership of PVCF. This individual does not need to be a PVCF member but must be passionate about the Cooperative’s mission of providing affordable land access to producers in our community and vision of Community Supported Farmland. Elections will be held in January.

Now is the time! Please don’t be modest. If you or someone you know is interested in supporting PVCF in this way, please let us know. Email clinton@poudrevalleycommunityfarms.com if you would like to discuss the opportunity and be more involved in this pioneering relationship with the City and growing our cooperative model of providing local farmland access in our community.

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season, and we will keep you updated on these exciting developments as they continue to evolve!

Board Election & Nominations

PVCF is excited to open up nominations for three (3) Board seats. The Board seats in this election are for two (2) household members and one (1) at large member or three (3) household members. The Board looks forward to the new energy and thinking that these Board members will bring.

Nominations will be accepted from September 18, 2020, to October 18, 2020. An electronic vote will be held in November. Nominees shall have an opportunity to address the entire membership via a written statement distributed by email.

Members may nominate themselves or another Member. Current members of the Board with expiring terms have opted to step down and are not seeking reelection. Candidates must:
– Be Members in good standing
– Provide a written statement of introduction
– Accept all the responsibilities of a Director
– Familiarize themselves with PVCF (including formational documents)
– Attend Board meetings (usually monthly, during intense workloads may be biweekly)
– Be prepared for a 2-year term


As mentioned at the Annual Member Meeting, several other exciting opportunities are in motion that we will keep you updated on. Please feel free to reach out to info@farmland.coop with any further thoughts, questions, and feedback.

City of Fort Collins Land

CITY OF FORT COLLINS LAND

Last June, the City of Fort Collins released a request for proposals for 250 acres of city-owned land in south Fort Collins, seeking interesting ideas for agricultural development on the land. In response to this exciting opportunity, PVCF put together a comprehensive proposal for the land, including a farm commons for established producers, community gardens, a farm incubator, farm stand, educational programming, and more. We were delighted to receive word last fall that we have been selected by the city to manage the land for agricultural use and development.

Since then, we have been growing an incredible partnership with the city and city staff, particularly the Natural Areas Department. Currently, we plan to convert 150 acres for agriculture use including a variety of projects that contribute to a range of city goals. This project is a new use for city land, so we are working diligently to build support among important entities at the city, as well as with the citizens of our community. This includes bringing together local organizations, such as The Growing Project, to lend their expertise in making the project’s ideas come to life.

We are targeting 2021 to begin building out the land for use. The remaining 100 acres is a bit more challenging in terms of conservation, though it is still part of the conversation. Our goal is to build a vision for what agricultural conservation looks like on publicly owned lands, and use that as a model for other properties in the future. There is already an opportunity for this on city-owned property in northwest Fort Collins. We are pursuing the land in partnership with Native Hill and will be submitting a proposal when the RFP is released in June 2020.

Please stay tuned to future updates to the project thought our monthly newsletters and on this blog!