Volunteers grow, harvest and distribute fresh produce at no cost to food banks, soup kitchens and pantries, feeding families in need across Colorado.
Colorado Farm to Table plants, harvests, and distributes, through our distribution partners, as much fresh produce as possible from our current 10 of 15 acres location in Salida, Colorado. Standard crops grown are sweet corn, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini squash, yellow squash, and acorn squash. These vegetables are harvested by a corps of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours each year toward achieving our mission. The produce is then distributed at no cost to recipient organizations, or distribution partners, that are typically soup kitchens, churches, food banks and pantries. These distribution partners then re-distribute to the families and individuals who are the true recipients of our fresh produce. Distribution covers much of Colorado including Montrose, Alamosa and the San Luis Valley, Leadville, Gunnison, Cripple Creek, Fairplay, Canon City, Divide, Woodland Park, Westcliffe, Saguache, Buena Vista, Salida, Ft. Carson, Fountain, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and southern metropolitan Denver. Transportation is then coordinated by our Volunteer Coordinator & is the responsibility of our recipient organizations.
In 1996, career farmer Tony Madone, Jr. started a two acre plot in Salida, Colorado. A lifelong friend suggested that Tony donate the produce he raised there to soup kitchens and food banks. It felt right to Tony to provide individuals and families in need with fresh produce at no cost to them. That mission continues today. In 2006, Colorado Farm to Table (CFTT) became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The prior year, Tony moved the farm operation to its current location on Highway 291 in Salida, growing vegetables on ten of the site’s available 15 acres. Use of this land has been donated for a multi-year term by the Shine Family, a local farming family whose 92-year old matriarch passed away in May 2010 but not before instructing to her family that CFTT continue to have access to the property for our program.
In 2008, with careful land management and financial diligence, CFTT paid off the entire note on a new operations site purchased in 2006. In Fall 2009, CFTT completed a new building which is now used for equipment repairs but will revert to farm supply storage use when a planned, larger packing, cooling and shipping warehouse/shop is completed.