Community Collaboration and Member-Owner Engagement with Poudre Valley Community Farms, a Farmland Cooperative

- About Gailmarie

Gailmarie is the Co-Founder of Poudre Valley Community Farms, A Land Cooperative (PVCF). After gaining two master’s degrees at University of Califoria – Berkeley and Holy Names College, she worked in with non-profits for years, co-founding two and directing three. In 2001, she received two local awards, the Be More award from Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting and the Local Hero Award from Edible Front Range Magazine.

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- Project Summary

Poudre Valley Community Farms (PVCF) believes that land conservation and farmer viability go hand-in-hand, united by soil preservation and health. As far as the PVCF knows, they are the only farmland cooperative in the U.S. working to conserve agricultural land, and create access and viable livelihoods for community-based food producers. As PVCF enters its 2nd year, the group must divert some of their attention from the on-going pilot land purchase, which Larimer County now estimates will happen in the fall of 2016, to addressing other foundational questions regarding prioritizing farmland purchases, identifying the community base for new land acquisition, identifying potential landowners, creating standards for farming on cooperatively owned land, and enhancing university research and member-owner engagement. Collaborators: conservation and local food practitioners; Colorado State University; Poudre Valley Community Farms Co-founders.

Location

Poudre Valley Community Farms, Laporte, CO