Expanding into a regenerative Organic fruit and vegetable operation on 10 acres of leased farmland in Paonia, CO
100% of $30,000
Funded on 04/02/2021
The Colorado Peach Company currently operates in partnership with Bluebird Organic Fruit Co., a Certified Organic peach orchard in Palisade, CO, distributing their organic fruit to wholesale and retail customers. We also retail a variety of Colorado-grown produce from our main distribution partner, Fresh Start Produce in Denver, CO.
Meet the Farmers
I planted my first organic garden in 2008, and by 2013 I had decided on sustainable organic farming as a lifelong career. In summer of 2013, I started working for an experienced farmers market operator with the intention of learning the produce business inside and out before attempting to secure land and plant crops.
In fall of 2013, I started my first on-farm internship on a 15 acre organically managed farm in Texas. The farm included 4 acres of mixed vegetable crops, 36 laying hens, an ewe, two horses, and two Great Pyrenees livestock guard dogs. There I learned the basics of market farming, irrigation, chicken care, and greenhouse propagation.
After my internship, I relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado in spring of 2015 where I was hired as Farm Manager at Fossil Creek Farms, a 15 acre Certified Organic market farm that grew 109 varieties of fruits & vegetables. Fossil Creek supplied wholesale distributors, school districts, restaurants, a CSA, farmers market, and more... There I learned to profitably manage a larger operation, and learned more specific production techniques for various crops.
The owner of Fossil Creek Farms retired the following season, and I continued to work for several different small local market farming operations and greenhouse operations, where I gained valuable hands-on experience in all aspects of small sustainable market farming.
Summer of 2106, I connected with a Colorado peach orchard, and started operating a roadside peach stand. I quickly grew the business, and began operating as The Colorado Peach Company in fall of 2017. In fall of 2018, I partnered with a Certified Organic peach orchard, Bluebird Organic Fruit Co., as the primary distributor for their fruit. We sold their first crop of Transitional Organic peaches in 2019, more than doubling gross sales over the previous year.
In spring of 2020, I connected with Rocky Mountain BioAg in Montrose, CO. Using their microbial inoculants, I planted a trial plot of cherry tomatoes, Dragon’s Tongue beans, and husk cherries. The results far exceeded anything I've seen. I sold much of the abundant harvest to Fresh Start Produce in Denver, CO.
I’ve worked with Fresh Start since 2017, as a supplier of various local produce, and as a logistics provider for Colorado Peach Co. Fresh Start, established in 2012, is rapidly growing and looking to expand into the organic space.
We've partnered with Fresh Start, and will be growing Certified Organic produce to meet their needs as they continue to expand in the coming season, and beyond...
I’m now seeking funding for an organic farm lease, so I can supply Fresh Start Produce, other distributors, and The Colorado Peach Company’s markets & roadside stands with local nutrient-dense, high brix, sustainable organically produced fresh fruits & vegetables.
Sustainable Agriculture Practices
My current practices are based on soil regeneration using microbial inoculants and mineral supplements. The inoculants are similar to the result of a properly produced compost tea. These practices drastically increase the amount of nutrients available to the plant in a usable form.
I’ve learned that healthy, well-mineralized, well hydrated plants are far less prone to issues from pests or disease. Healthy plants come from a balanced living soil food web, so my primary focus is on feeding the soil, rather than the plants.
The combination of healthy plants, good cultural practices, beneficial organisms & insects, strong bio-diversity on the farm, and the feeding & care of the soil results in produce that is high-quality, nutrient-dense, high brix, and absolutely delicious.
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