Stocking Up!

In this series, learn how to preserve your harvest in order to enjoy it in the off-season.

Edesia Community Kitchen

Edesia is a cooperative kitchen located in the beautiful North Fork Valley, a place to take raw agricultural products and turn them into yummy products. It’s also a place for cooking education, parties, and creative entrepreneurs to develop their passion into products. It is a certified commercial kitchen available for rent short or long term.

Zephyros Farm and Garden

Too busy to can your abundance of tomatoes? Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm and Garden has some tips for you to process tomatoes!

Deer Tree Farm and Agroforest

AJ Carrillo of Deer Tree Farm and Agroforest demonstrates a method to preserve the harvest by sun-drying squash.

Thistle Whistle Farm

Thistle Whistle’s Mark Waltermire discusses the steps to salt-brine fermented hot peppers.


Jeremy Klepper of Sauced discusses how he uses local ingredients to create his versatile sauces.

Gray Acres

Jacob Gray, Gray Acres, raises cows and chickens for meat products, makes cheese (chèvre and feta) and grows berries for jams.

Farmhand's Harvest

Benjamin Capron, Farmhand’s Harvest, offers frozen lamb to stock up your larder!


Sources of information for producers regarding the pandemic impact.

Federal Resources

CARES Act| Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

Federal Rural Resource Guide

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance (EIDL) – This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

USDA’s Financial Resources for Farmers and Ranchers

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and Farmers to Food Box Program

New Coronavirus and the H‑2A Visa Program

State Resources

COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources from COEDIT

Colorado’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Colorado funders have come together to create the Colorado Farm & Food Systems Respond & Rebuild Fund in response to urgent producer supply chain disruptions that are emerging in our communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resource for Colorado’s small businesses to find access to alternative funding sources beyond EIDL, PPP and other federal loans and programs.

Small Business Emergency Loans

Resources specific for ag producers in the Tri-River Area

Food Security Task Force

Help Colorado Now

Small Business Grants For Women In Colorado

Apr 22 Colorado Department of Agriculture press release: Colorado Farmers’ Markets Are Ready to Serve

Other Resources

Delta County COVID information, select Business Resources tab

CSU food matchmaking

Local Food & Regenerative Agriculture Hub Facebook page

Farmers Market Coalition Best Practices, Examples, and Resources

Colorado Farmers Market Association Recommendations and Toolkit for Farmers Markets – COVID-19

Delta/Montrose Business Facebook page

Farmer’s guide to direct sales software platforms

Farm Aid’s Resources for Farmers Affected by COVID-19

The FARMS Project

Equity Trust Fund for Farmers

How To

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Greenhouse Plans

A lot of folks have expressed interest in growing their own food now and Juno Farms figured the least they could do is lend a hand. This basic 8x12x6 greenhouse design can be found on YouTube videos and the like. They took this basic design and made it Colorado proof. Anyone can build this with basic construction know-how and basic tools. Everything is off the shelf from local hardware stores and the greenhouse plastic is just standard sized available from most any of the numerous outlets online. The best part is the cost of materials is $350+/-. Much cheaper and waaay better quality than you’ll find commercially.

Email them at and they’ll send you their detailed plans for free! Complete with pictures and x’s and arrows. Just their way of contributing to the expanded interest of growing healthy, wholesome food and helping our neighbor in these trying times.

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Bloom Freeze Damage Evaluation

Steve Ela of Ela Family Farms posted a series of photos on Instagram regarding grafting, brush burning and doing a freeze damage evaluation with blooms. 

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Grow Food. Share the Harvest.

The resources in the below button’s page are designed to help you grow your own food this year and beyond. Colorado State University Extension & Master Gardeners will help you every step of the way. More resources are added weekly and will change with the season.

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Organic Farming Research Foundation Eduction

Organic Farming Research Foundation has created an Education page that contains educational guidebooks, soil health and organic farming webinars, online learning opportunities, managing risk resources, general reports, instructional videos and FAQs.

Workshop and Seminar Videos

Making Hay with Mike Straub and Ben Gillespie

Learn the techniques for managing hay pastures for high quality nutrition for livestock. Workshop covers hay production, hay crops, seeding tractors, equipment and utilizing livestock to enhance the hay field.

June 2020

Small Producer and Supply Chain Panel

A discussion about reclaiming local food systems, connecting directly with customers’ needs, and the core values. Sponsored by Startup Colorado.

May 2020

Lisa Ganora with Alicia Michelsen

A discussion of the significance of medicinal herbs during a health crisis like COVID-19.

May 2020

Regenerative Agriculture with AJ Carrillo

Learn how to plan, plant and manage your profitable ecological farm while restoring hope for the future.

March 2020

Seed Growers Panel

Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm moderated the Panel, which included Greg Cranson, Sarah Pope, Mike Chamas, Lance Swigart, Pat Frazier, Don Lareau and Laura Parker. Chrys Bailey provided opening remarks.

March 2018

Hemp Panel Discussion

Panelists include Dawne Vrable – Authentic Gardens, Elliot Brown – All Hemp Trading, Brian Stratton – Grower Remedios, Terry Moran – Colorado Department of Agriculture, Ty Odle – Paonia Extractor. With special guest: North Fork Valley Hemp Pioneer, Karla Tschoepe!

March 2018