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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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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 [average] net cash income of only $23,159…over 80% of a farmers gross sales are absorbed by farming expenses.”

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Subscribe to the Small Farms listserv at CSU

Go to the CSU listserv and 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 not moderated, meaning that anyone subscribed to it can send emails to everyone on the list, providing a forum for discussion of small farms issues.


Boulder County Small Farm listserv

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

Market Farm Business

Are you interested in starting a market farm Business? Check out this great fact sheet with resources and questions to ask yourself.

Business Planning Resources

Universities with Small Farm Support Programs

Leasing Boulder County Parks & Open Space Ag Land


Grant Sources


Farmer Advocacy/Farmland Conservation

Food Systems & Ag Policy

CSU Extension Food Systems & Ag Policy

Urban Farming & Urban Agriculture

CSU Extension Denver and Jefferson County Urban Ag

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.