Seeding on the Farm

Farmer Assistance

Support, training, and increased market access for beginning, local, sustainable farmers.

We believe that food is medicine -- medicine for our bodies, our community, and our planet. But in order for this to be possible, we need to support our farmers who grow this incredible food! It’s essential that our local farms are healthy, biodiverse, and supported by the community.

Our projects that support, train, and mentor local farmers:

The GoFarm Incubator

Jeffco Farmland Project

Equipment Rental

Wholesale Market

Farmer Resources

 

The GoFarm Incubator trains and mentors aspiring farmers and breaks down barriers of entry into farming careers. We provide access to land, infrastructure, technical assistance, classroom curriculum, and mentorship. The program offers three tracks: Farmers, Interns, and Externs.

For farmers we offer a two-year program where farmers manage their own farm plot and are mentored on how to develop and manage their farm business from the ground up. They receive comprehensive classroom curriculum (including lessons on business planning, crop planning, farm management, technical skills, financial management, etc.), as well as access to farmland, 1:1 mentorship, and sales outlets. After graduating from the program, we help farmers establish their own independent, sustainable farms outside of the program.

The internship lasts for one summer season. Interns gain farming experience by assisting farmers in the fields, as well as gain exposure to many aspects of the local food system including buying, distributing, and marketing.

The externship lasts for one winter season. Externs enroll in classroom curriculum and learn about what's needed to create a viable farm business. We assist them in developing their own business and management plan for a future career in agriculture.

The GoFarm Incubator focuses on supporting veterans who are interested in a career in farming. We partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield to recruit veterans into the program and ensure this community is being reached. The GoFarm Incubator is run in partnership with Jefferson County Conservation District, Denver Botanic Gardens, and CSU-Extension.

Applications for the incubator program open in August/September each year. We will update this page when applications for the following session become available.

Request for Applications (RFA) for a Farmer Training Center

We are excited to release this RFA for farmland (3-10 acres) to establish a farmer training center for our incubator program, that includes food production, an educational hub, and a retail farm stand. We welcome proposals from landowners and land managers of private and public land located in Jefferson County, CO. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a plot of land has been secured. We are working quickly to locate the right land for our training center, and thus preference will be given to those who apply first.

 

GoFarm and Jefferson Conservation District are thrilled to be collaborating on this project to connect landowners and local farmers and help build a more robust local food system.

This project aims to identify parcels that have the potential to be used for urban farming within Jefferson County. The ultimate goal of the JFP is to create a database of farmable land in Jefferson County to help match farmers and landowners in a way that best meets the needs of both parties, and our community.

 

If you are private land owner OR a public land manager, and you are interested in having a local farmer farm on your land, please read our information packet below and fill out our interest form. You can also feel free to contact us well if you have more questions at Katie@gofarm.org.

 

This program provides local growers with access to necessary equipment without having to take on the burdens associated with ownership. With the ability to rent equipment at affordable prices, growers will be able to decrease their production costs and increase their return on investment. In addition, by sharing equipment across many different growers, the equipment will be well utilized, spending more time in the fields and less time sitting in storage. This program is a partnership between GoFarm and Jefferson Conservation District.

If you need equipment to rent, check out our equipment list! Each tool can be rented on a per day or per week basis. There is an easy check-out and return process for each item and fees vary per tool.

 

Our Local Food Share supports many small, local farms by offering a convenient avenue to sell their produce through. Some farmers dedicate a portion of their crop to GoFarm each week, whereas others supply us with food whenever their crop allows for it. The Local Food Share serves over 700 community members per year, with a lot of food going to families who would otherwise struggle to put healthy, local food on their tables.

Unlike traditional wholesale market avenues, we allow our farmers to set the prices on the food they sell to us. We value the hard work and dedication it takes to growing food, and believe that their farm businesses will thrive if they are always paid a fair market price. The Local Food Share also allows more time for the farmers to focus on what they do best, FARM, leaving the rest of the work to us.

 

Information on Organic and Sustainable Practice Standards

USDA Organic Standards

Intro to Organic Practices

USDA Sustainable Agriculture

Food Safety Resources

Produce Safety Alliance and FSMA

Project, Employee Health and Hygiene

GAP Certification (GoFarm does not require a GAP audit, however, we recommend that all farmers abide by this guide) 

 

Equipment

Jefferson Conservation Districts Equipment Share Program

Home Depot Equipment Retail

Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQUIP) An NRCS program that gives you government incentives to implement conservation practices on your land

 

Templates

Food Safety Plan Template

Business Plan Template

Pre-Planning Guide

Record Keeping

Grants and Funding

CO Specialty Crops Grant Application

Agricultural Workforce Development Program

 

Events/Trainings

FSMA Training (Food Safety)

Articles

10 Ways to be More Efficient on Your Small Farm

GoFarm works to transform our local food system into one that is thriving, environmental sustainable, and equitable for all. Through our three program areas, we support and mentor local farmers, make healthy food more affordable and accessible to under-resourced communities, and connect people with where their food comes from.

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