By Megan Davey and David Laskarzewski - Project Coordinators
A decline in efficient labor available to Western producers and growers was the impetus for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) to hold several listening sessions throughout Colorado and New Mexico in late 2017 and early 2018 to seek feedback from farmers and ranchers on what could be done to mitigate the burdensome issue of agricultural labor shortages.
These collaborative sessions culminated in the formation of a mobile farm workforce (MFW) pilot project.
Over the past two harvest seasons (September through mid-November) in 2018 and 2019, RMFU has collaborated with the Good Food Collective (Durango) and UpRoot Colorado (Boulder/Carbondale) to establish and coordinate two parallel MFW pilot programs: one in southwestern Colorado and another along the northern Front Range (NFR).
This report shares both regional and combined insights from the 2019 pilots, and refers to cumulative data spanning both years of the MFW pilot project in its recommendations for future versions of the Workforce model.
We are very grateful for your generous support of our project and work! Your help made it possible to pilot the Mobile Farm Workforce for a second consecutive year.
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