The Colorado Peach Company, located in Fort Collins, CO started as a produce retailer/distributor in 2017. This year we are expanding into a 10 acre regenerative certified Organic mixed fruit & vegetable farm in Paonia, CO.
We currently specialize in fresh Organic tree-ripened peaches and other local produce. Our current retail outlets are farmers' markets & produce stands, as well as wholesale distributors & independent produce retailers. We also offer fundraising with boxes of peaches for non-profits and other organizations.
This new Organic 10-acre site will produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to supply our primary distribution partner, Fresh Start Produce in Denver, CO. Last year, one of the largest distributors of Organic produce in Denver was acquired by a national distributor. They no longer specialize in Organic, leaving an opportunity to expand and serve Denver’s Organic market. We are also considering other farmers' markets and restaurants in the nearby towns such as Aspen and Steamboat Springs.
Use of Funds
This is the second part of a two-part loan with Steward. The first round of capital covered the deposit and secured the property. Payments on this initial $8,000 loan began in January of 2021.
Now that we’ve secured the property, this second round of funding will cover the nuts and bolts of building the farm. Costs include:
Holding pond for mountain snow-melt & spring-fed irrigation water
Water-saving drip irrigation system (a must in the semi-arid Rocky Mountain region)
Field preparation with organic soil amendments & microbial inoculants
Certified Organic seed & plant stock
Spring farm labor (planting, weeding, etc.)
Wash / pack shed for sorting & packing produce post-harvest
Walk-in cooler to keep produce at peak freshness
Basic loading dock setup
Initial spring overhead (Insurance, farm rent, utilities, etc.
Regenerative Agriculture Practices
Healthy plants come from a balanced living soil food web. Our primary focus at Colorado Peach Co is the feeding and regeneration of the soil.
Regeneration of soil is achieved using microbial inoculants and mineral supplements.
The microbial inoculants drastically increase the amount of nutrients available to the plant in a usable form.
Healthy, well-mineralized, well-hydrated plants are far less prone to issues from pests or disease.
Healthy plants grown in healthy soil results in produce that is high-quality, nutrient-dense, high brix, and absolutely delicious.
Steward is excited to support The Colorado Peach Company as they prepare for the 2021 season and serve even more customers in the Fort Collins, CO area. The only thing better than fresh peaches is fresh peaches in Colorado!
Field Prep & Seeds - $5,000
Irrigation Pond & Drip Setup - $3,800
Propagation Tunnel w/ Heater - $3,500
Spring Expenses & Organic Certification - $12,700
Wash and Pack Setup & Walk-in Cooler - $5,000
Total Budget - $30,000
This loan will be made to Colorado Peach and Produce LLC, doing business as The Colorado Peach Company. Colorado Peach and Produce LLC is a Colorado limited liability company, which specializes in Local / Organic tree-ripened peaches, along with an assortment of seasonal produce.
This loan is for 2021 field prep and seeds, an irrigation setup, a propagation tunnel, organic certification, and a wash/pack setup & walk-in cooler.
The total loan amount is $30,000 which will assist The Colorado Peach Company in growing and expanding their business.
This loan is set at an 8% interest rate, with a 60-month term, and fully amortized monthly payments beginning in 3 months after funds are disbursed.