Business Development

The CFVGA Business Development Committee is charged with

Providing business resource information to CFVGA members to help them continue and advance their farming operations

Connecting CFVGA members, policy makers and regulatory agencies to promote understanding of the potential impacts both positive and negative, of business related policies on Colorado fruit and vegetable production

Help guide CFVGA to become an important resource for Colorado producers

Establish brand development to extend and elevate Colorado produce along with tools for members

Members, for additional business development resources click here

What’s inside? RESOURCES for: Marketing and Promotion, Media engagement, Agritourism, Business Planning and Management, Financing, Risk Management


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Allied Member Directory
Beginning Farmers

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Colorado Land Link Program – resources for beginning and transitioning farmers and ranchers | September 7, 2016 (42 minutes)

Key Points

  1. Resources for next gen and transitioning farmers
  2. Colorado average age of farmer is 59. Who will be the next generation of farmers and ranchers in Colorado?
  3. Colorado Land Link is modeled from other leading programs in the US, providing tech assistance and land access through a match-making service
  4. Visioning course allows beginning farmers to explore their assets and goals. It feeds applicants to the Colorado Building Farmers “Principles” short course
  5. Guidestone convenes landowners, farmers and professionals for an annua statewide conversation about these issues and projects


Farm to Food Bank

CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Farm to Food Bank – Fostering Relationships with Colorado Producers | August 31, 2016 (45 minutes)

Farm to School
CFVGA Lunch and Learn Webinar: Selling Fruits & Vegetables to Schools has never been easier! | September 15, 2016 (51 minutes)  Slides of presentation | Key points
  1. FTS in Colorado is grant funded and not funded by State of Colorado
  2. Benefits of FTS
    • Kids win with nutrition
    • Farmers win with a financial opportunity
    • Communities win with stronger communities and better local economy
  3. $18M spent by schools on local food in Colorado in 2015. This is only 4% of total Colorado school food expenditures!
  4. 58% of Colorado school districts are doing some form of FTS
  5. Top barrier: schools have small budgets to afford local produce, however higher volume sales can make this possible.  Schools will buy seconds as most are processed in some way for fresh or cooked uses
  6. Stability of FTS sales is a benefit to growers
  7. Summer school meal programs clearly overlap with the harvest season and May, Sept and Oct land squarely in the harvest season
Grower Resources
Employment Laws

Are farmers subject to the 2019 Colorado Employment Law Changes?


Colorado employment laws have seen dramatic changes in recent years, including a complete overhaul of Colorado’s minimum wage law that takes effect in 2020. In this webinar, we will explore the most significant changes that affect you as an employer, and will discuss potential changes that may be coming in the near future.

Presenter:  Jody Duvall is a Fort Collins attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment issues. He represents employers before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and in mediation and arbitration. He counsels clients on a wide range of issues related to their employment policies, and represents employers in labor negotiations and arbitrations; unfair labor practice proceedings; wage and hour class and collective actions; and wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation actions.

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