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
Patrick Post is proud of his Salida roots. His family was among the first Italian immigrants to settle in this valley. Upon graduating high school Patrick attended the University of Northern Colorado majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He spent the decade following college working as a Golf Professional at the Pinery Country Club south of Denver with dreams of unimaginable wealth. After 10 years the wealth remained unimagined and he was lucky enough to land back in the Salida area in 2011. He went back to college to get his Bachelor of Science in Accounting through Colorado State University while working at High Country Bank as a commercial loan officer and then as CEO of Mountain River Credit Union. In 2018 Patrick switched career paths and is now a licensed real estate broker with Bliss Realty Group where he also manages the office. Thanks to the flexibility that real estate affords, Patrick was able to join the Colorado Farm to Table family in the spring of 2019 as the bookkeeper. He has volunteered during harvest over the years and is very proud to be associated with a local organization that does such amazing things for so many Coloradans struggling with hunger
Patrick married the love of his life Marcella in front of 30 of their closest family and friends in Maui. He now resides happily ever after with his wife, his two step-daughters, and his two English Bulldogs, Hogan and Watson. In his spare time he enjoys many of the things that make this valley an amazing place: glamping, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, golf, and good Colorado craft beer.
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.
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
Thomas is a rare Colorado native whose affinity for adventure and the outdoors has kept him exploring the state he calls home. While Thomas has dabbled in fishing, hunting, and boating, he finds himself most at home on the wheels of his mountain bike. Growing up on the Front Range of Colorado, Thomas moved to Salida to find a greater sense of community and connection with nature. If you ask him, Thomas would say he is the luckiest man in Colorado because he married his best friend and adventure partner, Emmie. Emmie and Thomas have two dogs and a garden which keep them plenty busy when they aren’t out playing in the rivers, lakes, canyons, and mountains of Colorado.
When not exploring the back roads of Chafee County, Thomas is also an amateur chef, avid fan of the Clemson Tigers, Minnesota Vikings, and Colorado Avalanche. There isn’t much that Thomas hasn’t tried or willing to try, unless it has to do with heights: that’s off limits!
Thomas graduated from Colorado State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English and began his work in the foodservice equipment industry immediately afterwards. Thomas’ drive to be a part of his community makes him a regular volunteer at Colorado Farm to Table; whether its burning irrigation ditches or linking together irrigation piping, getting dirty is what keeps him coming back time and time again.
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 an avid skier and a beginning fly fisherman and mountain biker.Ron Avery, Produce Distribution Chairman
After graduating High School in Pueblo, CO, where Ronald Avery (Ron) was born, he joined the US Navy and served 3 tours in Vietnam. Afterward, Ron worked in the medical supply business before moving to Denver to help run a lodge in Coal Creek Canyon and work for the Rural Electric Association. In 1970, Ron was offered work at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant and was quickly promoted from chemical operator to crew leader to technical foreman. He remained there until the plants closure in 1989.
Reinventing himself, Ron began a career at Florida’s Daytona Beach News Journal and then at the Rocky Mountain News as District Manager of circulation. In addition to many years accrued management experiences, Ron was a CDL licensed semi driver until he was diagnosed with an eye tumor in 2002. Ron received treatment in San Francisco, but was unable to drive commercially and retired. In 2011 Ron and his wife moved to Salida where he dove into volunteerism. Despite being on oxygen Ron has served over 13 years in various roles at Christian Valley Community Fellowship and the Grainery Food Pantry.
With Colorado Farm to Table Ron served two years as Produce Recipient Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator. Ron cares deeply about the mission to provide nutritious food options to those in need and joined the Board of Directors in October 2019.