Roger Mix is a Colorado native and operates Mix farms with his wife and sons. The operation produces Certified potato seed, Fresh market potatoes, Coors malt barley and Green manure crops on 750 acres. He is a third generation farmer and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Agronomy. He is active in the potato industry on various potato committees and served as National Potato Council president in 2010.
David Harold, Tuxedo Corn Co., grew up in Olathe, before leaving during high school to attend college. During summers, he returned to work on the family farm. His opportunities to study in other regions of the United States and in other countries provided him with great perspective and appreciation for many different cultures.
In 2007, he decided to join the family farm full-time, become a farmer himself and purchase ground. He now works with his father managing the farming operation, which includes 700 acres of row crops and a 200 head cow/calf operation. Besides growing crops, the Harolds have turned their focus to improving soil health through reduced tillage, cover cropping, controlled animal integration into the farming system and putting 350 acres in permanent subsurface drip irrigation. Their main vegetable crops are onions, squash, sweet corn, grown in rotation with grain corn, pasture and pinto beans. Approximately 200 acres are certified organic. They also coordinate planting, growing, harvest and sales of 1,500 acres of “Olathe Sweet” sweet corn.
David has served on the Gunnison Basin Roundtable, is on the advisory committee for the CSU organic research station at Rogers Mesa near Hotchkiss. He also has put a lot of effort into understanding and protecting agricultural water with “No Chico Brush”, an informal grower-led group looking to collaborate on water projects/discussion with municipal, industrial, and environmental groups to make sure that Chico Brush doesn’t become the next crop in the the Uncompahgre Valley.
In the very small amount of free time he has, David enjoys spending it with his wife and young children.