About FYFC

Our Mission

The Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition (FYFC) is a growing group of farmers and ranchers: beginning, aspiring, established, young and old alike, committed to tending the land and cultivating community.

FYFC provides educational and social opportunities for growers to learn and network, and is united as one strong voice in local, state, and national policy work to ensure the future of agriculture.

Our Vision

FYFC envisions a burgeoning community of successful farms of all sizes and farmers of all experience levels and acts as a unifying body for those who wish to support local and regenerative agriculture. 

The Flatirons:

If you can see them, you belong!

 

What We Do

Policy 

Get Young Farmers on the Land

Development

Fundraising and Grants for Chapter Impact

Education

Farm Tours, Workshops, & More

Community

Pot-lucks, Parties, & Connection

Equity

Organizational Development and Inclusion

FYFC's Policy Committee advocates for changes in policy at the city and county level so that young and beginning farmers can more easily win public land leases, create private partnerships with landowners, add vital infrastructure to their farms, and access markets. 

 

In previous seasons, the committee made a handbook to demystify and clarify the process by which local farmers access public land. The committee also surveyed members in 2020 to create a policy platform  that unified chapter members voices in local policy.

All our committees are supported by the Development Committee, which builds partnerships with public and private donors, pursues grant opportunities, and helps ensure the chapter's success and financial well being.

In 2022, the Development Committee with be focusing on helping FYFC transition into our own independent nonprofit.

We depend on our community for financial support, so we can continue to offer services into the future. If you can support us today, get in touch or click to donate. We are a fiscally sponsored chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a 501 (c) 3, so your donation is tax-deductible.

FYFC's Education Committee organizes multiple educational events per year, from workshops to farm tours to lectures. Every event subject is chosen to meet our members' and community's expressed needs. To help us decide what to plan, we reference the results of our 2020 membership survey.

The education committee is currently creating an educational curriculum for 2022, including Small-Scale Grains, Business Fundamentals, and

Animal Husbandry/Soil Health.

FYFC's Community Committee organizes purely social events, like parties and pot-lucks, where farmers, aspiring farmers, and community members can gather to network, share successes and hardships, and support one another with laughter and connection. 

We believe that we should all have the chance to know our farmers, and that we have much to learn from each other.

We are also hosting a racial equity discussion group to build community and inspire change in response to systemic inequities. See our Facebook for information regarding our next meeting

FYFC's Equity Collective works to support inclusion within our chapter and the broader farming community. This group formed out of the chapter's desire to have an Equity and Organizational Change Manager. This role was daunting to fill; how could one person's singular experience inform the chapter on how to be more inclusive to all identities in our community, including gender, race, age, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and experience? Thus, a whole group of dedicated individuals has self organized, sharing leadership over the direction of the Equity Collective. Click below to learn about our Inclusion Framework!

Top Accomplishments

Our chapter was founded in the fall of 2016. Since then, we have continued to grow and are increasingly impactful within the farming community of the Flatirons region.

Support Our Work

All our committees are supported by the Development Committee, which builds partnerships with public and private donors, pursues grant opportunities, and helps ensure the chapter's success and financial well being.

We depend on our community for financial support, so we can continue to offer services into the future. If you can support us today, get in touch or click to donate. We are a fiscally sponsored chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a 501 (c) 3, so your donation is tax-deductible.

The Leadership Board

 
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Eric Knutson
President, 2022-2024

Eric grew up in sub-burbs of Louisville CO.  He has always enjoyed being outside, snowboarding, mountain biking, and walking about in the foothills. Eric moved to Hawaii shortly after high school where he helped start a community school garden which marked the beginning of his journey growing food in community.  Since then, Eric graduated from CSU where he studied soil and crop science. For the past two years, Eric has been working at Caribou Ranch helping to run cattle and work with horses.  This experience has really inspired and helped him to grow as a young farmer and rancher.  

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Helen Skiba
Education Chair, 2021-2023

Helen has been heavily involved with FYFC by serving on the educational committee, helping plan the annual HoeDown Fundraiser, and leading as the chapter secretary.  Helen values FYFC for its ability to bring beginning farmers together to solve problems and learn from one another. Down the road, Helen aspires to once again have her own cut-flower farm! Helen is in her sixth season of farming flowers through her business, Farmette Flowers. She loves spreadsheets, grammar, and vegetables.

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Chris Borke
Treasurer, 2022-2024

While growing up in Colorado, Chris had a  lifelong passion of bees and beekeeping. In 2018, after five years of maintaining apiaries across the county, he began growing his operation as a honey producer.  Chris is currently focused on expanding the operation to over a hundred beehives in the county by rearing resilient local stock while simultaneously acting as head beekeeper for CU's Biofrontiers Institute.

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Lauren Kelso
Policy Chair, 2022-2024

Lauren is the Site Director at Growing Gardens, where she helps to manage their growing and propagation team. Lauren also has 5 chickens, 1 4 year old kiddo, and her husband. Prior to becoming the policy chair, Lauren participated on the Policy Committee and really enjoyed the focus of the work. She likes helping keep her community informed about things that could impact them, and giving them a voice in those matters.  

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Annaliese Danckers
Community Chair, 2022-2024

Annaliese co-manages Bluebird Sky Farmstead with her fiance, Daniel Dunlap. They started the farm in 2019, raising layer hens and ducks, meat chickens, ducks and turkeys, pastured pigs, and a homestead garden. Before Colorado, Annaliese grew up in Ohio then lived in Tennessee and Alabama. When she's not helping FYFC coordinate a social event, she enjoys sitting back at the end of the day with a beer and watching her doggos run around. Her favorite part of FYFC has been all of the community-oriented events.

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Lauren Dunteman

Chapter Coordinator

Having grown up on a farm herself, Lauren is very passionate about supporting her local ag community. She completed her masters degree through the Masters of the Environment program at CU. Lauren chose to specialize in Sustainable Food Systems to lift up regeneration in agriculture and empower more farmers and brands to take care of themselves, their land, and their communities. Lauren now works as the coordinator to support systems level change in her local community, and she also works as a consultant connecting farmers with markets that will support their transition and commitment to ecological and social regeneration.

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Daniel Golly
Development Chair, 2021-2023

Daniel is a local food system visionary. Daniel is passionate about connecting with our land, lifting up communities, and making local farm-to-table food equitable and accessible. He is currently the regenerative systems design & networking specialist at MASA Seed Foundation. Among other things, Daniel envisions a farm incubator, a tool library, mentorship programs, farm-to-table logistics management, and crop trial programs as important parts of our region’s future food system.

Organizational Structure

KEY
= Elected Officials

= Volunteer Members

= Hired Employees

= Roles currently unfilled
Treasurer
President
Equity  Manager
EQUITY COLLECTIVE
POLICY
Chair
Committee
Coordinator
EDUCATION
Chair
Committee
Coordinator
COMMUNITY
Chair
Committee
Coordinator
DEVELOPMENT
Chair
Committee
Coordinator
Farmer Members
Executive
Director
Advocate Members
Board of Advisors