About me I am originally from Wisconsin and my wife Colleen is from Illinois. I have been living in Colorado for the past 18 years I moved out here for her — but that's another story. My family …
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I am originally from Wisconsin and my wife Colleen is from Illinois. I have been living in Colorado for the past 18 years I moved out here for her — but that's another story. My family and I moved to our property in Sedalia five years ago after living in Roxborough for 12 years. We have four kids; three boys and a girl age 14, 13, 11 and 9.
Starting a family farm
I started growing food in our suburban backyards about 12 years ago. The passion, my talent for growing food, and the need for more space took off, so we moved from Roxborough to our current property in Sedalia, Sandy's Way. We cultivate approximately 35 different vegetables and herbs and have a few chickens that supply pastured poultry eggs. Our farm began operating in 2015 on a 5,000-square-foot piece of ground on our property. That year we did not sell much but did lot of testing and growing different veggies.
Then 2016 marked the start of our Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA) and Buyers Clubs and we began providing 38 families with veggies over a 24-week period. In 2017 we supplied 45 families over 22 weeks with veggies and herbs and also took on supplying another CSA co-op (Gofarm) with our produce. In 2018 we supplied nearly the same amount of families and supplied more to GoFarm over 22 weeks. We operate three Buyers Clubs in Castle Rock, one in Highlands Ranch and one in Roxborough.
We use a very intensive but sustainable planting systems. All our produce is done using organic techniques, but our farm is not USDA organic certified.
Competing for funding
Our farm is competing with 144 other farms across the U.S. for grant funding to help with various farm projects. The program is through Cultivating Change. We are seeking funding for a post-harvest/packing station that will keep us out of the weather, promote cleanliness in handling the harvested veggies, and allow us to be more efficient. Only the top five vote-receiving farms will get funding. The contest runs from Jan. 1 to 31, 2019. People can vote every 24 hours for multiple projects. We need all the votes we can get! Community members can find more information or vote at cultivatingchange.org.
I am a country person at heart, having grown up in the north woods of Wisconsin. I love being outside and having space. It is amazing being able to raise my children in the country, but still be really close to the city. I am always awestruck that I can simply put a small seed in the ground and produce food for my family, friends and neighbors. The challenge is balancing a full-time job, a wife, a business, a farm, four kids and two dogs!
I am not God, and I am not in control!
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