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Small Farms

Colorado lost more than 1 million acres of farm land from 1997 -2002. As markets vary and farm land continues to be sold to development, the urgency to help farmers stay on the land increases. The USDA National Commission on Small Farms defines small farms as “farms with less than $250,000 gross receipts annually on which day-to-day labor and management are provided by the farmer and/or farm family that owns the production or owns, or leases, the productive assets…[these have an average] net cash income of only $23,159…over 80% of a farmers gross sales are absorbed by farming expenses.”

Listservs and Classifieds Funding and Financing
Colorado Building Farmers  Advocacy and Publications
Beginning Farmer Resources Boulder County Parks and Open Space
Business and Marketing Resources Government Resources
Production Resources Media and Advocacy
Food Systems and Ag Policy Urban Farming/ Urban Agriculture


Subscribe to the Small Farms listserv at CSU select Small_Farms from the list and fill out the form

This listserv is intended to connect, support, and promote small farms in Colorado with news, educational outreach, and production and marketing related info. It also is unmoderated, meaning that anyone subscribed to it can send emails to everyone on the list, providing a forum for discussion of small farms issues. SINCE THIS IS A CSU LISTSERV, NO COMMERCIAL EMAILS PLEASE.

Boulder County Small Farm listserv – – similar to but specifically for Boulder County (some duplicate postings are possible on both). Email Adrian Card and request subscription

Colorado Small Farm Classifieds

Specifications and online Submission Form – Published first week of each month, monthly January – June, then November

June 2017 classifieds listing

Exploring a Market Farm Business

Factsheet with questions and resources for those interested in starting a Market Farm

Building Farmers in the West

CSU Extension program for beginning farmer development


Business Planning Resources

“Building a Sustainable Business” entire publication:   BSB sections found at:


Ag Plan – online business plan tool – and register for Ag Plan and select an “Ag -Value Added” template


Colorado Community Supported Agriculture Surveys

2009 Survey Summary

Boulder County Farmer to Chef Program

Results of Online Survey of 2007 program

Custom Small Farm Operators for Boulder County Area

2007 Custom Operators listing – working to build a listing of people with tractors and implements to do work for hire on small farms in the area. Please email if you would like to be added to this list.



USDA National Commission on Small Farms Report, “A Time to Act”

USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture

Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service

Colorado Department of Agriculture

CDA Organic Certification Program


UC Davis Small Farms Center

CSU Specialty Crops Program

Sustaining Agriculture in Colorado

Cornell Small Farms Program


Leasing Boulder County Parks and Open Space Ag Land

Growers Association – mechanism for several small farm operations to lease one parcel together

Ag Program Overview and Online Signup for Notice of Request for Bids

Leasing Process Specifics

Insurance Requirements

Bid Submittal Form and Bid Evaluation Criteria

Generic Lease document – NOTE– this is very general lease and a specific lease will vary somewhat

City of Lafayette – Thomas Open Space Natural Farm project

Link to Thomas Farm page



Colorado Agricultural Development Authority Beginning Farmer Program

Mountain Plains Farm Credit Services – See AgVantage Program for Young, Beginning, and Small Producers

The Farmers’ Guide to Agricultural Credit (4.5 MB and 45 pages)

Farm Service Agency Loan Programs

Grant Sources

Western SARE

USDA Rural Development

Organic Farming Research Foundation

CSU Specialty Crops Program



Small Farmer’s Journal

Small Farm Today

Acres USA

Growing for Market


Farmer Advocacy/Farmland Conservation

Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union

Colorado Farm Bureau

Center for Rural Affairs

American Farmland Trust

Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association


Food Systems and Ag Policy

CSU Extension Food Systems and Ag Policy


Urban Farming/ Urban Agriculture

CSU Extension Denver and Jefferson County Urban Ag