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.
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.
If you can see them, you belong!
What We Do
Get Young Farmers on the Land
Farm Tours, Workshops, & More
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.
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, take our membership survey.
Highlights from 2019 include our Water Bootcamp at Pachamama Farm, a magical farm tour at Light Root Farm, a regional adapted seed workshop with Rich Pecoraro of Masa Seed Foundation, and a workshop on farm planning with digital tools.
Though we've been digital in times of COVID, we still have the potential to share knowledge with each other. Reach out if you'd like to "host" a workshop!
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
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 Fundraising 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
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.
Helen is in her sixth season of farming flowers, as the owner of Farmette Flowers and now as the Flower Manager at Aspen Moon Farm. She loves spreadsheets, grammar, and vegetables.
Kris Korba is a beekeeper, snow removal artist, and genuinely inventive human.
Vice President, '20-'22
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.
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.