In 2017 CFVGA will serve members in the following ways:
Top level goals:
- Producer Education and Resource Development
- Policy Advocacy
- Promotion of CO Produce
The details for work in 2017:
• Public policy advocacy and monitoring of issues impacting the Colorado produce industry at the local, state and national levels, including but not limited to labor, food safety and water
• Representation of Colorado produce grower interests before agriculture, public and consumer organizations
• Members ONLY website resources, including production tip sheets, videos, decision trees and webinars
• FREE online help wanted ads
• FREE online classified listings
• Inclusion of your farm or organization in CFVGA’s online Member Directory
• FREE membership to Western Growers, which includes many free or member-only fee services, such as email news, educational webinars, Human Resources/Legal Hotline, slow pay and disputed account payment assistance
• Alerts when CFVGA receives information about buyers sourcing specific produce items
• Quarterly (electronic) newsletter
• Weekly Scoop distributed electronically
• Free or discounted training, workshops and annual conference
• CFVGA-produced educational webinars on a variety of topics affecting your farm or organization
• Radio advertising to attract potential workers to your farm prior to the growing season
• Colorado produce promotion to consumers through the news media and social media
• Direct promotion of Colorado produce with grocery stores, institutional buyers, brokers and chefs
• Access to the latest news, resources and research for the Colorado produce industry
CFVGA Grower and Allied members also receive the following member benefits with Western Growers for no additional membership fees:
- Unique online resources with human resources, insurance, labor services and other programs that may be subject to a fee for service.
- Access to all WG online resources on topics including: Health Insurance, Legal, Training and Development, Human Resources, Insurance Services, Workers Compensation, etc.
- Email notice and access to all WG webinars including the monthly Science and Technology “Lunch and learn” Webinars.
- Direct access to the WG Trade Practices and Commodity Services personnel for education and training on best practices for sales and assistance with slow pay and disputed sales contracts
- The electronic WG Spotlight newsletter which is published twice weekly.
These grower and allied members will receive login credentials to the Western Growers website and can access these online resources.
For an overview without member login visit: www.wga.com/services
Detailed Western Grower benefits to CFVGA Grower and Allied members include:
- Educational Webinars: Includes monthly Science and Technology “Lunch and Learn” webinars and regular webinars on legal and labor-related issues (list of upcoming events can be found at https://www.wga.com/events)
- Human Resources/Legal Hotline: Offers members one-on-one guidance about employment law and HR-related questions (Call 877-942-4529)
- Media and Communications: Access to Spotlight E-newsletter and WG&S Magazine
- Insurance Services: A full service broker for health benefits, property and casualty, workers’ compensation, and personal lines (Visit the WGIS website at http://www.wgis.com/)
- Transportation Program: Offers a robust, cost-effective, and energy-efficient transportation solution customized to meet individual business needs (Visit the Transportation Program website at https://www.wga.com/logistics)
- Trade Practices and Commodity Services: For assistance with slow pay and disputed accounts (Contact Tom Oliveri at 949-885-2269 or sign up for the Straight from Tommy O blog at https://www.wga.com/toliveri/tommy-o-blog)
- Financial Services: Provides investment services for both businesses and individuals (Visit the Financial Services website at https://www.wga.com/services/financial-services)
Who is on the Board?
Our board is composed of conventional and organic fruit and vegetable growers of various scales and marketing channels plus industry and partner members from four key produce growing regions of Colorado:
- Arkansas Valley (Glenn Hirakata, Dominic Disanti, and Mike Bartolo),
- Northern Colorado (Robert Sakata, Jason Condon, Marley Hodgson and Dan Long, Larry Duell, and Adrian Card)
- San Luis Valley (Amy Kunugi and Roger Mix)
- Southwest Colorado (Beth LaShell)
- Tri-River Area (Western Colorado, Bruce Talbott and Reid Fishering)
Our Executive Director is Marilyn Bay Drake
Additionally, the board is supported by CSU Extension staff: Bob Hammon and Martha Sullins.
Click here for details on Board members
How we are a unique organization
CFVGA is the go-to resource for the Colorado fresh fruit and vegetable farmers. We connect Colorado growers with industry, government, academia and consumers to strengthen and expand Colorado fresh fruit and vegetable production.
Our niche is providing one voice for all produce growers in Colorado. Regardless of scale, production practices or marketing channels, CFVGA strives to benefit all commercial fruit and vegetable growers in Colorado. Other groups provide commodity specific marketing and/or improved growing practices. We are keenly aware of groups in the state working on behalf of produce growers. In many cases we are in active communication with them. CFVGA works to improve business conditions by addressing business needs of produce growers head on with education, outreach, engagement, advocacy and promotion. The following core issues are primary focus.
We have two convenient ways of signing up.
- Sign up online and pay with a credit/debit card.
- Download application, print and fill out a hard copy. Then mail the membership form along with a check to the CFVGA.