By: Gailmarie Kimmel
Greetings from beautiful northern Colorado, in the foothills of the Southern Rockies. I’m a founding Board member with Poudre Valley Community Farms (PVCF) – the first farmland cooperative in the state, if not in the whole US.
Our mission is to purchase threatened farmland on the urban fringe so retiring farmers can get their much-needed retirement monies out of the land and still leave an agricultural legacy. Then, PCVF will cooperatively own and steward the ag landS, and lease to the younger generation of farmers at long-term, affordable rates. We raise funds via Co-op members, investors and donors, and work with partners on conservation easements to bring down the price.
Founded in summer 2015, we have raised over $525,000 in our first 8 months – demonstrating serious community interest in this innovative model. Yes, it’s an elegant win-win-win collaboration that addresses new economy, farmland succession, viable livelihoods, and food security, while restoring a bit of the commons. In Fall 2016, we aim to buy our pilot purchase of 50 acres – at $30,000/acre that’s $1.5 million, and PVCF will bring $600K to the table. Stay tuned…!
All founding documents at www.farmland.coop.