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.
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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.
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
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.
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.