Apply to Join
Dec 26, 2019

2019 Mobile Farm Workforce Pilot: Report #3

Pumpkin patch with pumpkins harvested by the MFW.
Pumpkin patch with pumpkins harvested by the MFW.

Season's greetings, everyone.

On behalf of the Mobile Farm Workforce team, I hope this note (and update) finds you well and open to receive the goodness of this Holiday season.

We wrapped up Year 2 of the Mobile Farm Workforce (MFW) pilot project in Colorado in late November (11.24.19 to be exact) which nudged the pilot into a 13th week, exceeding last year's pilot by three weeks in duration. Also, we sent a crew from the Front Range (the geography where the pilot worked in Year 1) to the Western Slope this season and, so, expanded our ability to help support Colorado farms and ranches.

We achieved new milestones directly because of your generosity; it fueled us with financial means and boosted our morale. In a nutshell, without your help, we would not have increased our impact this season and may have fallen short of the bar we set in Year 1.

Thank you very much.

We are currently gathering data on the hours worked and the duties completed this season and we will have our final report for Year 2 completed early in 2020 when we look forward to sharing our summary with you!

In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying -- and continue to enjoy -- a peace-filled and heartwarming Holiday Season.

Dave

Mobile Farm Workforce and farm workers_Boulder CO
Mobile Farm Workforce and farm workers_Boulder CO
Organic onions harvested by MFW, and field-drying.
Organic onions harvested by MFW, and field-drying.
MFW team members (& Lula the canine) at day's end.
MFW team members (& Lula the canine) at day's end.
Drip tape pulled from fields & awaiting transport.
Drip tape pulled from fields & awaiting transport.
Hemp worked completed for the day; Fort Collins.
Hemp worked completed for the day; Fort Collins.
Farm field ready for fence work, near Longmont.
Farm field ready for fence work, near Longmont.
More fence work, and signage for overflow parking.
More fence work, and signage for overflow parking.
Farm dogs.
Farm dogs.
Merry Christmas and peace and healing in 2020.
Merry Christmas and peace and healing in 2020.
Sep 16, 2019

2019 Mobile Farm Workforce Pilot: Report #2

Pulling up 1.5 miles of drip tape and plastic
Pulling up 1.5 miles of drip tape and plastic

Greetings everyone.

Thank you, again, for your generosity towards the Mobile Farm Workforce Pilot Project.

We kicked off Year 2 of the pilot in early September and have accumulated more than160 hours of on-farm work along the Northern Front Range of Colorado in our first two weeks.

To date, we have moved ~700 bales of hay, gathered and bound 325 decorative corn stalks, moved multiple corral gates, and installed hundreds of yards of temporary fencing to help a farm prepare for its busy fall season. On another farm, we pulled up 1.5 miles of drip tape and plastic from growing beds. 

We have gotten interest this year from farms along Colorado's Western Slope and may be traveling to the Paonia area to help farmers harvest later in September or in early October (details are still being worked out).

We will also travel this season to Fort Collins as well as continue our work in the Metro Denver area.

We continue to build our Workforce roster and are seeking additional veterans, as well as individuals from our local refugee community. Also, we have held initiatial conversations with the Colorado Department of Corrections about offering individuals who are nearing the release of their incerations an opportunity to work on farms and ranches in Colorado.

We look forward to updating you in a few weeks!


 

 

 

Bales of hay at Cottonwood Farms
Bales of hay at Cottonwood Farms
Harvested onions at Kilt Farm
Harvested onions at Kilt Farm
The on-farm workday begins at Cottonwood Farms
The on-farm workday begins at Cottonwood Farms
Jun 17, 2019

2018 Mobile Farm Workforce Pilot Project_Final Report

Farm tractor in field
Farm tractor in field

The fruit and vegetable growing sector in Colorado contributes nearly $485 million
to the state in production—across a total of more than 90,000 acres—with sales
multiplied as crops proceed through the distribution chain.


Yet, statistically, there are two jobs available in agriculture for every job seeker
across the nation, with farmers in the Rocky Mountain West feeling the effects of a
snowballing national trend in agriculture.


The decline in efficient labor available to Western producers and growers was the
impetus for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU), Veterans to Farmers, The Good Food Collective, and UpRoot Colorado to collaborate on a mobile farm workforce (MFW) pilot project.

This live link will direct you to the full 2018 report.

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.