Grant Farms, located just north of Fort Collins, Colorado, is a Certified Organic farm that grows vegetables, as well as maintains established vineyards and orchards, in addition to raising chickens, pigs, ducks, and geese. The family-owned farm supports a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and is an avid promoter of local food systems that are environmentally and economically sustainable. Our goal is to continue our own diversification and to grow the CSA culture in our region so that even more consumers and farmers can reap the health, economic, and social rewards of a deep connection to where their food comes from or goes to. In addition to the CSA, Grant Farms offers educational and community engagement through agri-tourism, farm dinners, and festivals.
WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) at Grant Farms is a work-based educational opportunity that adheres to the philosophy that the best way to learn is by doing. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute and learn in any number of areas, including production (irrigation, crop planning and successive planting, seeding and planting techniques, soil preparation and conservation, manual and mechanical weed control, harvesting efficiency and quality control) and CSA (packing and distribution, food safety and quality control, marketing and promotions). Work in raising the livestock is also a possibility, including general feeding and care as well as egg collection, cleaning and packing. An individual who commits to Grant Farms has the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and be offered a window onto the changingUnited Statesfood system and the effort it takes to make those changes. We believe strongly that education is a key to fundamentally changing attitudes about food and farming in theUnited States. We also believe in the necessity of training and encouraging a new generation of farmers, as well as environmentally and socially aware consumers. So, while we’ll expect WWOOFers to work hard and conscientiously, we also expect ourselves to provide a valuable and ultimately enjoyable chance to expand one’s experience and perspective.
Expectations and Details:
- We ask for a commitment of at least one (1) month; an interview by phone or in person is required before working on the farm.
- Help is always needed, but particularly so during June through October.
- Housing is provided on the farm. You will share a bunk house with other WWOOF participants. This includes sharing a kitchen and bathroom.
- This is a working farm that is committed to serving our CSA members, thus there is a great deal of work to be done. As a result some days will be long and heavy and you may have to work through some of Northern Colorado’s fickle weather including wind, rain, snow and heat. In general, you should expect to work about 30-35 hours a week. A positive attitude is a must, as is the physical ability to work daily with hands, wrists and back. The ability to lift 50 pounds regularly is helpful.
- The farm is located about 15 miles north of Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State University. Also, the Poudre Canyon, west of the farm, offers fantastic opportunities for hiking, tubing and rock climbing. We have a number of avid recreationalists on the farm and any of them will be happy to show you around and facilitate your getting out.
- Many of the people who work on the farm live in Fort Collins and may provide rides to or from town if necessary. A working knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not necessary.
- Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs. You will have access to abundant fresh, organic produce, pasture raised eggs and a variety of meat if you wish. Also, there are a number of small local dairies near by and a local food co-op in Ft.Collins
- At this time we cannot accommodate children or pets.
If you have additional questions, please email our Director, Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant Farms CSA
12155 North County Road 15
Wellington, CO 80549-1912
(970) 568-7654 office