About Michael Baute
Michael co-owns and operates Spring Kite Farm, a Biodynamic market farm and CSA (Community Supporting Agriculture) program serving Northern Colorado. Based in Fort Collins, CO, Michael and his partner, Meghan Williams, are the classic case of America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers- early thirty-some things, not from direct farming families, facing increasingly steep barriers as they strive to gain tenure on good agricultural land with water, access to capital, and a share of the rapidly expanding market for locally and sustainably grown foods along the Front Range of Colorado. Michael is collaborating with former Collaborative Conservation Fellow David Jessup of the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch regarding a 40-year lease situation in which Spring Kite Farm’s vegetable CSA and pasture-based livestock enterprises would be integrated into Sylvan Dale’s intensively-planned grazing system for beef cattle, building fertility through multi-species grazing. The fellowship will assist Michael and the team at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as they enter a 1-year “pilot” lease term in 2015 to prepare the vegetable fields and begin a planned renovation of a 10-acre pasture using Michael’s pastured heritage-breed hogs and chickens to disturb the current fescue grass and replace with more productive pasture species.