Local Growers, Producers & Projects

Who’s doing what in our community?


Banga’s Farm Mancos, Colorado

The Bee Tree Lewis Colorado

Chimney Rock Farms Bayfield, Colorado


Clearwater Farm: 21055 Hwy.140, Hesperus, Colorado

The Cole Ranch Brand
Cottonwood Creek Farm
Dragonfly Farms
Dyer’s Wool
Evening Star Farm
Fox Fire Farms LLC, Ignacio, Colorado
The Gardens at James Ranch
Hayes Ranches
Hermosa Orchards
Homegrown Community Farm
Isgar Farms, Isgaranch@frontier.net

James Ranch, Durango, Colorado

Kerby Orchard
Linnaea Farm
Napier Family Farms
Native Farms and Ranches
Open Gate Landscapes
Native Mother Naturals
Open Gate Landscapes
Outtamee Gourd
Farm I Durango, Colorado

Rohwer’s Farm

Rutabaga Ranch
San Juan Mt. Mustard

O’Hara’s Jams & Jellies Durango, Colorado

Santa Rita Ranch Durango, Colorado

Schwebach’s Cedar Hill Farm

Seven Meadows Farm Mancos, Colorado

Stone Free Farm Cortez, Colorado

Sutherland Farms Aztec, New Mexico

Terra Buena Compost & Topsoil

Twin Buttes Community Gardens, Durango, Colorado

Turtle Lake Refuge Durango, Colorado

Locavore Resturants

Cyprus Cafe in Durango
Eno Cafe in Durango
Linda’s Local Food Cafe in Durango
Zia Tacqueria in Durango
Durango Natural Foods Co-op in Durango

Yellow Carrot in Durango

The Farm” in Cortez

Gardeners/Edible Landscapers

Your Backyard Harvest

For Local Projects


The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado:
The Garden Project is dedicated to building a healthier community through the promotion of a sustainable local food system and the facilitation of year-round garden and educational programs. They focus their goals around education, horticultural therapy, and food security. The Garden Project is currently facilitating gardening programs at the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, Commons Garden, Ft. Lewis Mesa Elementary, Needham Elementary and the Durango Senior Center.  Additional support and programs are available to promote school and community gardens in Durango. If interested in collaborating or volunteering, please call Shari Fitzgerald (970) 259-3123 thegardenprojectsw@yahoo.com

Growing Partners of SW Colorado: Growing Partners is a partnership of non-profits and service agencies dedicated to implementing sustainable local food programs that reach all incomes, ages, and cultures. Growing Partners led the La Plata County Food Assessment, the first official community food assessment project to be done in the state of Colorado. Growing Partners’ 2009-2012 Community Food Project (CFP) involves over 20 groups working to address food security in La Plata County. Katy Pepinsky, Community Food Project Manager(970) 375-7705, katypepinsky@gmail

Healthy Community Food Systems                                                                                    Southwest Marketing Network (SWMN): SW Colorado Project

La Plata County:

Colorado State University Extension, La Plata County: The mission of Extension is to provide information and education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state and national issues affecting individuals, youth, family, businesses, agricultural enterprises and communities of Colorado. The La Plata County office works closely with other local food groups in offering education in the topics of local food awareness, food preservation, homescale and commercial gardening and farming, small acreage management, and beginning farmer training and mentoring.Darrin Parmenter, Director, (970) 382-6463 parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Profiles of La Plata County School Gardens

Healthy Lifestyle La Plata: Healthy Local Foods Working Group: The Healthy Local Foods Working Group is a subcommittee of Healthy Lifestyles La Plata that is dedicated to working with consumers, buyers, restaurants, grocers and farmers on a consumer education campaign to support healthy, local food choices. The Healthy Local Foods Working Group is involved in such consumer education activities as Farm to School, Tour de Farms (a bike tour of local urban agriculture projects), Farmers’ Market taste testing of local foods, and a Farmer-Chef Connection event, and much more.


Organic Lands Stewardship of La Plata County

Oakhaven Permaculture Group

Montezuma County:

CSU Extension: Montezuma County Pricing Guide for Local Food Producers
The Colorado State University Extension Office in Montezuma County is assembling a pricing guide for local food producers. This guide will serve as a starting point for producers who want to sell their products but do not know how to price them. If you would like to contribute anonymous information to this guide, please call Tom Hooten, CSU Extension, (970) 565-3123.

LiveWell Colorado, Montezuma

Mancos Valley Sustainability Initiative

Montelores Buy Local group: The Montelores Buy Local group is a volunteer group of local food activists whose mission is to promote local farmer’s markets and the purchase of goods through small, independent local producers. The hope of this group is publicize the many benefits of purchasing locally produced products such as fruits and vegetables, honey, herbs, meats and other locally produced products. The group meets informally in the months prior to the farmer’s market season. If you are interested in supporting the cause, please call Matt Keefauver (970) 739-8085

Beef Producers Cooperative: Wayne Guisinger
Cortez, CO
(970) 565-4311

“The Farm” Cortez

Let it Grow Nursery and Cafe


Durango Slow Food

Durango Natural Foods Co-op

Durango Slow Food Convivium: Slow Food USA’s mission is to give new life to the cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life. The local chapter is working towards defending biodiversity in our food supply, spreading taste education and connecting producers of excellent foods with co-producers through events and initiatives. Andrea Parmenter
(970) 247-9783

Food, Agriculture, and Farm to School Committee of SASCO

The Bee Group
Food for Thought Program
Ft. Lewis College Environmental Center
Manna Soup Kitchen Garden
New Community Coalition

Shared Harvest Community Garden: An organic community garden three miles north of Elmore’s Corner, provides land and water. Organic produce is grown for donation to nonprofit organizations and for the gardeners. Call 247-7850

Turtle Lake Refuge Our mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.We manifest this goal through promoting and practicing sustainable practices.

Unitarian Universalist Garden: The Durango Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship started a community garden in the spring of 2007. Our purpose is to teach UUF children how to prepare soil, plant seeds, care for a garden, and enjoy the harvest (Fall potluck!). Since the site had never been used as a garden site it was an experiment about the productivity of virgin clay soil; we had reasonable success. Our biggest problem was wildlife enjoying the fruits of our labor; so, this year we will have a 12 foot tall fence to limit deer grazing and bear rummaging (birds are welcome).Don Gordon gordon_d@fortlewis.edu


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