Starting Jan. 1, the minimum wage in unincorporated Boulder County is $15.69/hour.

A partir del 1 de enero, el salario mínimo local en la zona no incorporada del condado de Boulder será de $15.69/hora.

Sustainable Food and Agriculture Grant Recipients
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Sustainable Food and Agriculture Fund

Projects selected for funding in 2022:

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Bridge House
Mission Meals for Casa De La Esperanza Community | $21,000

Bridge House’s Mission Meals program is providing frozen, precooked meals-in-a-bag to food-insecure households within Casa De La Esperanza Community, a residential community dedicated to helping agricultural workers. Prioritization of sourcing locally grown food will be made when cost effective and available.

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Eco-Cycle
On-Farm Composting and Compost-Use Demonstrations | $37,000

Eco-Cycle is providing aerated static pile on-farm composting systems to several high-profile farm partners. They are testing a variety of finished compost blends to meet the needs of local regenerative farmers.

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Grama Grass & Livestock
Regenerative Livestock Infrastructure | $56,000

Funding went towards the purchase of equipment to enable the efficient transportation of cattle, an agroecological impact evaluation to quantify the impacts of their regenerative grazing program, and community outreach and education. Grama Grass & Livestock is implementing regenerative practices on publicly held and privately owned land to help build native food resiliency.

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Jack’s Solar Garden
Agrivoltaics Equipment, Infrastructure, and Education | $40,000

Jack’s Solar Garden is the country’s largest demonstration project of agrivoltaics, which is the co-development of land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture. Through partnerships with Sprout City Farms and the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center, Jack’s Solar Garden is using funding to invest in on-site farm infrastructure and equipment to further their regenerative agriculture practices.

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Light Root Community Farm
Soil Health Resiliency with Holistic Farm Management Practices | $40,000

Light Root Community Farm is building soil health and farm resiliency through fertility management systems within the farm. This includes expanding compost production, multi-species grazing systems, cover cropping, and reduced tillage.

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MASA Seed Foundation
Building a Local Grain Movement from the Ground Up with Soil, Seed, and Diversity | $75,000

This project is advancing Colorado’s ancient and heritage grain movement by bringing a wider diversity of grains into production, using regenerative practices, and working with a community of regional partners to share best practices through a series of fun educational events.

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Project Protect Promotora Network
Boulder County Resource Distribution | $42,500

The Project Protect Promotora Networks serves frontline farm workers across six different agricultural regions of Colorado. Funds are being used to purchase safety resources for frontline farm workers in Boulder County.

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Suarez Market at Mariposa
High Density Apple Orchard | $68,000

Mariposa Farms is establishing a high-density apple orchard to produce apple products. Orchard design will focus on energy and water conservation using existing on-site solar power, under-tree mulch strips to conserve soil moisture during periods of drought, and subsurface tiling to encourage deeper root growth. By year two, the project is estimated to produce 10,000 pounds of fruit per year and sequester approximately 100 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Small projects:

Boulder Jewish Community Center
Milk and Honey Farm | $2,432

Milk and Honey Farm is implementing no-till farming and cover crops to sequester carbon, maintain soil health, and increase the efficiency of their educational farm. Funding will be used for tools, compost, silage tarps, and perennials.

Boulder Valley Honey
Pollinator Education and Hotspots | $4,948

Boulder Valley Honey is leveraging raw, local, and recycled materials to build pollinator presence throughout eastern Boulder County. Boulder Valley Honey will purchase local rough-sawn lumber to process into beehives while providing hands-on educational opportunities to to further public understanding of beekeeping and honey production.

Citizen Science Soil Health Project
Website Plus Grower Video Profiles | $2,700

The Citizen Science Soil Health Project helps growers measure soil improvements by providing free Haney and PLFA soil health tests. This funding is being used to create a website that will feature annual group findings, reporting templates, and instructional videos.

Harvest of All First Nations and Drylands Agroecology Research
Harvest of All First Nations Festival | $5,000

The Harvest of All First Nations festival will foster cultural and ecological regeneration by reconnecting BIPOC communities with their traditional foodways. This event brought together diverse groups to share locally-grown heritage foods and Indigenous Knowledge through workshops and classes.

Kelly Enterprises
Supporting Low-Income Voucher Programs at Boulder County Farmers’ Markets | $4,920

The Erie and Louisville Farmers’ Markets, frontline farm organizations run by Kelly Enterprises, will participate in low-income voucher programs starting in 2022. These programs will advance equity and inclusion at these farmers’ markets and in their host communities by aiding frontline farm workers and providing local, and sustainable food to residents.

Simple Bee Conservation
Boulder Community Pollinator Corridor and Living Classrooms | $5,000

Simply Bee Organics is creating a chain of conservation pollinator gardens, native bee habitat, and living classrooms in collaboration with local farms, schools, non-profits, community gardens, municipalities, local businesses, HOAs, neighborhoods, and private residences.

Past Years

Boulder Mushroom
Fungal Inoculation of On-Farm Biomass for Carbon Negative Farming Best Practices| $4,107

This is a scalable pilot project in which fungal inoculation of on-farm woody biomass was tested as a method for building biologically active soil and transforming waste carbon material. Test beds were built at Ollin Farms and inoculated with edible strains of fungi produced by Boulder Mushroom. The beds are being monitored for one year and subsequently analyzed for the nutrient availability and biological makeup of the product

Community Table Farm
Mushrooms and Composting on Small Farms| $1,893

Community Table Farm built a fruiting chamber to produce mushrooms as a value-added product for their CSA and use the mushroom compost as an amendment for garden beds. They built a cost-effective model of on-farm production of mushrooms and soil amendments that can be replicated on small farms.

Dharma’s Garden
Outdoor Education Shelter | $5,000

This project used funds to purchase a seasonal shelter that allowed for socially distanced outdoor education. This included farm demonstrations and best practice workshops about regenerative agriculture and soil health.

Earth’s Table
Demonstrate Regenerative Agriculture Techniques for Six Vegetable Gardens | $4,000

This program improved soil health in six vegetable gardens by minimizing soil disturbance, utilizing cover crops, and implementing living roots to grow garden vegetables for local food banks. Earth’s Table partnered with Edaphic Solutions to brew compost tea to be used in the gardens.

Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition
Educational Curriculum for Resilient and Sustainable Young Farmers | $25,000

The Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition is providing a 2-year educational curriculum that focuses on animal husbandry, soil restoration, business fundamentals for farming and ranching, and the production and distribution of small-scale grains. This project emphasizes place-based education that lifts the expertise of established local farmers while also empowering beginner farmers.

Garden to Table
Outreach and Training for Sustainable Growing Practices in School Gardens | $25,000

Garden to Table is a school garden support organization serving 18 schools in Boulder County. Garden to Table is creating a Teacher and Parent Corps that will help integrate garden-based learning into school curriculum and activities. This project provides outreach, training, support, and bilingual educational signage to make sure all students feel welcome while learning about sustainable growing practices and the importance of their school garden.

Growing Gardens
Long’s Gardens Conservation and Agricultural Plan Implementation | $35,250

Growing Gardens is implementing a comprehensive ten-year agricultural management plan on Long’s Gardens, a 25-acre urban educational farm. This initiative improves soil health and farm ecology to support the production of local food while involving and educating the public about the benefits of regenerative agriculture.

Isabelle Farm
Regenerative Grazing on Forage & Cover Crops | $50,000

Isabelle Farm converted 300 acres of cropland from a traditional hay, grain, and silage rotation to a cover crop-grazing system. Isabelle Farm used portable infrastructure to facilitate regenerative grazing on no-till cover crops and forage crops. Additionally, this project increased the crop residue grazing program that Isabelle Farm started in 2019 in collaboration with Van Thuyne Farms.

Kilt Farm
Land Regeneration Pilot Project for Public and Private Lands | $75,000

Kilt Farm is using mineral balancing, biological inoculations, and cover cropping to turn poor soil into productive agricultural land while cataloging costs, benefits, and improvements so that this technique can be utilized and replicated by other Front Range farmers. The equipment and techniques supported by this grant is being utilized by multiple farms on both public and private lands.

Red Wagon Farm
Increasing the Local Winter Food Supply for Boulder County | $40,000

Red Wagon Farm increased their production of winter root crops for their CSA members, local restaurant customers, and wholesale customers. This project improves soil health and optimize seasonal produce distribution.

Aspen Moon Farm
Heritage Grains & Cover Cropping | $55,000

Aspen Moon increased edible grain production and addressed the need for regenerative agriculture and soil health practices. They purchased multipurpose equipment for rotational cover cropping, production of local heritage grains, and regenerative seed saving. The production of local heritage grains seeked to address the need for sustainable local food and crop production. Aspen Moon also offered on-farm training for local farms to demonstrate how the equipment could be used to improve soil health while producing a sustainable local crop.

Black Cat Organic Farm
Pasture Cropping: Organic Grain Production in Perennial Pastures | $43,500

Black Cat Organic Farm trialed the regenerative agricultural practice of pasture cropping, an innovative agricultural growing system new to Boulder County. Pasture cropping integrates annual cereal grain or vegetable production into perennial sod fields with maximum diversity and as little disturbance as possible. The funding was used for farm infrastructure, equipment, and supplies.

Cottonwood Farms
Brown to Green Soil Health Project | $46,300

The Cottonwood Farm “Brown to Green Regenerative Soil Health Project” represents a shift in vision from seeing the beauty of brown freshly tilled soil to seeing the promise of covered and undisturbed soil with all of the unseen life underneath for the farm. Cottonwood Farms tested and demonstrated the use of basic soil health principles and their adaptability to our local climate using methods and tools that are scalable to both larger and smaller operations. The goals of the project were to demonstrate viable agricultural production while (1) minimizing soil disturbance, (2) keeping soil covered as much as possible, (3) keeping a living root in the ground as long as possible, and (4) add diversity through cover and companion crops.

Cure Organic Farm
Increasing Agro-Ecological Diversity | $41,416

Cure’s Organic Farm’s project supported the increase of agro-ecological habitat of the farm by adding regenerative agriculture practices and increasing soil health. Cure used funds to plant wind breaks to decrease soil erosion and create native pollinator habitat. The farm also increased soil organic matter and microbiology by increasing use of irrigated cover crops. Equipment and irrigation infrastructure was also purchased.

McCauley Family Farms
Multi-Species Pasture Regeneration | $40,000

The McCauley Family Farms project of $40,000 funded infrastructure to facilitate regenerative production and soil-building efforts. Specifically, the funds went to multi-species pasture regeneration units: shade structures, water trailers, and solar trailers. These regeneration units facilitated soil building on 80 acres and were used for on farm demonstrations.

Ollin Farms
Project 95 | $40,000

The mission of Project 95 is to turn the south side of Longmont into a demonstration of what is possible when farmers, scientists, community members, students, and neighbors work together with the common goal of building health and resiliency into our agricultural lands. The funding of $40,000 was geared to support five on-farm demonstration areas including conservation plan implementation, sustainable carbon cycling, community-based learning opportunities, pollinator and bird sanctuaries, and eco system data collection.

Sky Pilot Farm
Regenerative Grazing | $43,500

Funding went to more mobile fencing, water transport, and access to shade. Sudden changes in weather, carrying capacity of a paddock, or seasonal trends can change what these movement need to look like on a year-to-year basis. SkyPilot Farm needed to have enough infrastructure to set up several movements worth of paddock to have the ability to act quickly on arising information in the field such as weather and general health of the pasture. This project benefited Boulder County sustainability goals in three key areas: health of riparian areas, a focus on pollinators, and encouraging native grasslands and wildlife.