Tony has been farming for over 40 years, almost all of his adult life. He has owned and operated several large-scale farming operations in Cañon City, Colorado and Twin Falls, Idaho. A native of Cañon City, Tony has been in Salida for the past 25 years. He has owned and operated machine shops and heavy equipment repair shops and has significant skills in repairing the equipment Colorado Farm To Table uses, in addition to his considerable farming skills. Tony is the founder of Colorado Farm To Table and his devotion to this program is evident in the fact that he raised and gave away fresh produce for eight years before obtaining non-profit status.
Phone: (719) 207-2737
Ms. Draeger joined Colorado Farm to Table in March 2019, relocating to the area to further the CFTT mission and reach. She has worked in nonprofit development and administration for more than 20 years. Her experience includes the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation and Washburn Center for Children.
Ms. Draeger received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Phone: (719) 221-1532
Mr. McDaniel is 29 years of age and was raised in a wheat & cattle farming family in Mulvane, Kansas. Besides his experience gained on his family’s farm he spent five years working on a produce farm while attending college. He also spent several summers prior to college working on an orchard in Hayesville, Kansas. He relocated to Salida in 2014 because he was interested in furthering his career in agriculture and he believes in the mission of the organization. McDaniel’s feels he could be an asset in Colorado Farm to Table’s ever increasing contributions throughout the state of Colorado. McDaniel attended The University of Kansas for a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature. While there, he developed a passion for produce farming as he worked seasonally for a produce operation in Lawrence, Kansas.
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This individual organizes our volunteers so we have enough people on hand for farm activities such as planting and harvesting. For more details please view the job description at this link.
Ron was born in Pueblo, CO. While growing up, his father used to take him fishing and they always stopped to buy worms on Highway 291 in Salida . Ron fell in love with Salida and dreamed of moving there one day. Following high school he joined the Navy and served in Vietnam. Afterward Ron spent 20 years working at a nuclear weapons plant and another six years at the Rocky Mountains news. While driving for Swift company, doctors at the Veterans hospital found a tumor behind his left eye. Ron underwent radiation treatment, but afterword couldn’t see well enough to drive a truck any longer, so he retired. In 2011 his dream came true and he and his wife moved to Salida. Unfortunately Teri passed away in 2015. Ron has volunteered for a number of organizations and currently serves as the CFTT Coordinator for local and regional produce recipients.
In 2005, a life-threatening illness devastated Lisa Siegfried’s body. The trauma erased her ability to move with agility and diminished the clarity of her sight — but it didn’t affect her heart for service or her vision for a career in the nonprofit world. Lisa’s illness ended her demanding profession as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Portland, Oregon.
Following a long convalescence, Lisa returned to her beloved Colorado in 2013, moving to Salida where she discovered Colorado Farm to Table. She was inspired by the organization’s founder and his passion to provide hunger relief to individuals and families in communities across the state. She started as a volunteer farmhand. which led to a range of roles including Volunteer Coordinator, Distribution Coordinator, Board Secretary, interim Executive Director and Board President.
Lisa graduated from UCCS with a B.A. in psychology and from Portland State University with a master’s degree in social work. Her entire professional career has been in nonprofit, community-based human services organizations, working with a range of disadvantaged populations
Paula moved to Salida in 2015 with her husband, Bryan, and their two dogs. They had been living in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area until retiring and building their dream house in Salida. Paula’s professional background is in marketing and communication. She also has a master’s in nonprofit public administration. As well as volunteering in the field, she’s helping with the fundraising and publicity tasks at the farm. Paula is also a beekeeper and has two hives of bees at the farm’s new apiary.
Paula’s other community activities include participating in the county’s restorative justice program with her therapy dog, Keet. She and Keet also volunteer at Longfellow Elementary School in their “Paws for Reading” program. She’s an avid outdoors person and enjoys bicycling, hiking, traveling and spending time in her garden.
Stephan is treasurer and a volunteer for Colorado Farm to Table. He is also the Global Facilities Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific and a Registered architect in Colorado and Wisconsin with over 30 years experience in Design and Project Management. He is the designer of multiple custom homes in Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado.
Stephan is als an avid skier and a beginning fly fisherman and mountain biker.
Erin a native of Colorado, growing up in Longmont and Boulder. She moved to Salida in 2015 after waiting 17 years for the opportunity to do so. She is a real estate, construction, business, and land use attorney working in Chaffee, Summit and surrounding counties. She graduated from Bowdoin College and Colorado University Law School.
In her free time, she volunteers with Salida Mountain Trails. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas and the Breckenridge Open Space Advisory Commission for many years. She enjoys hiking, yoga, travel and is passionate about Colorado and her dog Koya. She also has an avid interest in whole foods eating and loves volunteering at the farm.
Frank F. Holman is a fifth generation resident of Chaffee County who grew up on the family ranch. He began a 33 year career with the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1971, in Chaffee County, and held various positions in Meeker, Craig, Greely, and Alamosa. Following his retirement in 2004 Frank, and wife Sherry, moved back to the family ranch West of Poncha Springs where they have ranched/farmed for the past eleven years. Frank has also served as Chaffee County Commissioner for the past six years. Frank has volunteered as a wrestling coach and official in various towns and has served on numerous boards through his life. He currently serves on the Full Circle Restorative Justice Board in Chaffee County and on the Poncha Springs Cemetery Committee as well as being President of the Farm to Table Board.