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 Change

Get Young Farmers on the Land

Development

Fundraising and Grants for Chapter Impact

Education

Farm Tours, Workshops, & More

Community

Pot-lucks, Parties, & Connection

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. 

 

Last season, we made a handbook to demystify and clarify the process by which local farmers access public land.  

Currently, we are using a survey of our members regarding their position on  local policy to create a policy platform that FYFC can use to advocate and collaborate.

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 2021, the Development Committee with be raising money for the advancement of our educational curriculum.

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 2021, 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

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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Andy Breiter
President, 2020-2022

Andy has been farming with livestock for the past 6 seasons. He has worked for Eagle Ridge Ranch and the Golden Hoof, and is working towards starting Grama Grass and Livestock. He enjoys playing hockey, baking bread, reading fantasy novels and running with his dog.

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Helen Skiba

Education Chair, 2021-2022

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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Kris Korba

Treasurer, 2020-2022

Kris has been an FYFC member and leader from its founding meeting. He is a landscaper, does civil engineering, and incorporates permaculture into much of his work. 

Kris values being a part of FYFC as a way to extend his knowledge, time, and network to perpetuate our work. He is driven by the value FYFC provides to the new farming generation; “the amount of land that is going to change hands in the next 20 years is astounding.”

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Hannah George

Policy Chair, '20-'22

Hannah is a new transplant from upstate NY. Eager to set down roots, Hannah has prioritized getting out on the land and her hands in the soil as the best way to make connections with the environment and with other people. A desire to collaborate with others on tackling the issues of our time through agriculture brought her to FYFC.

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Jules Snarr

Community Chair, 2020-2022

The farming and food community brought Jules to Boulder from culinary school. She worked in kitchens, biodynamic gardens, and at a goat dairy before making her way to teaching at a Waldorf school. She currently homesteads in Lyons and enjoys the parallel work of agriculture and education.

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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 is currently getting 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.

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Daniel Golly

Development Chair, 2021-2022

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
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