Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative will co-host the Farm and Field Experience from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 in Cortez.
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, these farm and field experiences aim to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers in southern Colorado.
This three-year initiative will develop a coordinated education and mentorship program to train beginning farmers and prepare them to enter emerging wholesale and agritourism markets.
The project focuses on three main activities:
Visioning courses to plan the future for these new businesses and coaching provided by Guidestone Colorado.Business-scaling workshops orchestrated by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative Development Center in concert with the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative.Expansion of a mentorship program for beginning producers.The event is held in partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Guidestone Colorado. Co-hosts of the Cortez event are Tierra Vida, Old Fort at Hesperus and Rocky Draw Farm.
To register in advance and for more information, visit https://conta.cc/2XjfxNx.