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Apply now for the 2018 Farm Incubator program at the Rio Grande Farm Park.

Are you interested in pursuing regenerative agriculture as a career path? The Rio Grande Farm Park is growing the next generation of San Luis Valley farmers. They are now accepting applications for the 2018 Farm Incubator program.

Incubator farmers are provided with long term technical assistance for up to five years, as well as land, water, equipment, and opportunities to bring food and vegetables to market. Training focuses on continued agricultural education, leadership development, and business skills. In 2017 the program expanded to serving eight farmers, up from four in the previous year.  Upon completing the program, the Farm Park works with the local University to help farmers transition onto other land.

The Farm Incubator application deadline is January 15th at 5:00 PM. Join us in the fields along the picturesque Rio Grande. For more information please contact Jesse Marchildon at FarmManager.RGFP@gmail.com.

¡Cultive con nosotros!

¿Te interesa dedicarse a agricultura regenerativa? El Rio Grande Farm Park está cultivando la generación nuevo de cultivadores del Valle de San Luis. Se aceptan ahora aplicaciones para el año 2018 del programa de Incubadora de cultivadores.

 

Cultivadores en el programa se reciben asistencia técnica por hasta 5 años además de tierra, agua, equipo y oportunidades para vender vegetales y otras comidas en el mercado. El entrenamiento se enfoque en educación agrícola, desarrollo de liderazgo y habilidades de negocios. Al cumplir del programa el Farm Park trabaja con la Universidad y comunidad para ayudar el cultivador situarse en otra tierra.


La fecha límite para entregar la aplicación es el Lunes, 15 de Enero a las 5 de la tarde. Para más información contacta a Jesse Marchildon en farmmanager.rgfp@gmail.com.

Our vision: The Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley’s agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, and the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities.

 

Get Involved: Volunteer workdays are held the last Saturday of each month, weather permitting

Join the “Friends of Rio Grande Farm Park”:

Read all about the Friends

Our land, and our connection to it, is disappearing.  Whether rural or urban, there’s a constant struggle between conserving and developing a rich and beautiful piece of land.  Fortunately, the property that was the Polston Elementary school has become the Rio Grande Farm Park, formerly the Healthy Living Park.

As it is now … folks can stroll across the Rio Grande from downtown across a pedestrian bridge. From there, they can take a lot of trails to view the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, watch water fowl, and breathe fresh, clear air. During the summer, you can watch the progress of crops grown by the Guatemalan community using traditional Mayan farming techniques and explore the apple orchard that was planted last summer. Frequently, groups of volunteers gather to improve and enjoy the land.

Planning phase is going strong… as business, marketing, and capital campaign programs are under development. The master plan is heading into the design phase with substantial help from community input.

Each year there are new programs and activities.  In 2016 …

  • the farm supported 5 farmers with plots of one acre or less. They will learn to farm in our environment and share equipment; and
  • there were community workshops on topics such as organic farming, building soil with green manure, and permaculture techniques.

Read  about Our story.

Location: The Rio Grande Farm Park, formerly the Healthy Living Park, is located at the east entrance of Alamosa in south-central Colorado onHwy 17 just north of Hwy 160.

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RGFP is a 1% For The Planet non-profit

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Rio Grande Farm Park shared 7group's post.

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May we do away with this notion that humans are inherently a scourge to the planet, because if we don't, we won't have a planet to live on. Our greatest gift to the world—as a species—is the ability to manipulate the ecologies in which we are embedded towards even greater abundance than if we leave them alone. —Jesse Marchildon

"...Human beings can be a gift to the world. If we would learn from natural systems and realize that everything that humans do are natural, living systems then we could work with all of them to make them as beautiful and productive and life giving as this forest is." —Joel Glanzberg
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Rio Grande Farm Park shared Rio Frio on Ice's video.

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Our practice Ice Carousel was a success! Don't miss it as the kick-off to this year's Rio Frio Ice Fest Sat, Jan 27 @ 10am, followed by the Polar Plunge, both at Blanca Vista Park!

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Rio Grande Farm Park shared San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition's post.

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Great workshop with Tom Delehanty of www.PolloReal.com Thank-you Thank-you. Take-away - Chickens make good soil! If we raise pasture chickens (you still HAVE to feed them) we can increase the organi...

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Pasture Poultry.....the only kind of chicken that I want to eat....

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