In 2005 work began to prepare the land for farming. These are photos showing the fields in their original state at the beginning, the process of reclaiming the land from natural vegetation and leveling the contours to ensure even distribution of irrigation water, cleaning and in many cases re-establishing the irrigation ditches, then finally to the actual production of fresh produce for distribution.
Many volunteers gave of their time and talents from the very beginning of this ministry. Tony provided his own farming equipment, and others brought in their own equipment, such as the graders, that were essential to building a strong foundation for cultivation. And so many volunteered their labor in planting, cultivation, then the harvest and distribution. So many have been blessed to receive…and to give.
Irrigation is essential to the farming operation and the delivery system had to be re-worked. What a feeling it was to see the first trickle of water into the fields! Thanks to generous supporters we now have an irrigation system consisting of pipe and engineered head gates that conserve water and provides efficient and measured delivery of water to designated crops.
The time of harvest is a special time of year on the farm. After months of hard work preparing the land, planting and regular cultivating, and the challenges with limited water due to a persistent drought, it’s finally time to harvest the produce that will find its way to the tables of so many.
These photos were graciously provided by our own staffer taken during the 2012 and 2013 harvests, they capture much of what is involved with the annual harvest. There is so much preparation and coordination that has to happen before the first volunteer arrives on the farm. But when they do it’s like poetry in motion. The fruit of the Spirit is truly evident as the people work together.
Think you might be interested in volunteering? Consider donating your time to further the mission of Colorado Farm to table!