Volunteers grow, harvest and distribute approximately 250,000 pounds of fresh produce every year to needy families all across Colorado. This fight to end hunger is not without a price. Our annual expenses related to growing such an enormous volume of food are more than $250,000. All of these funds are donation-based from foundations, churches, and people like you.
In 1996, career farmer Tony Madone, Jr. started a two acre garden plot in Salida, Colorado. A lifelong friend suggested that Tony donate the produce he raised to the hungry . Tony says that it "just felt right" to provide people in need with fresh produce at no cost to them, a mission that continues today. Tony moved the farm operation to its current location on Hwy. 291 in Salida in 2005 and in 2006 CFTT received its non-profit status. The Shine Family has generously donated use of these 15 acres for a multi-year term, and the Dr. Mehos Family has recently donated an adjacent 5 acres, for a total of 20 arable acres.
In 2008, with careful land management and financial diligence CFTT paid off the entire note on a new operations site purchased in 2006. In 2009, CFTT completed a new building used for equipment repairs until a planned packing, cooling and shipping warehouse is built in the future. A 1,440 sq. ft. greenhouse with the capacity to grow 27,000 broccoli and cabbage starts each spring was completed in 2010.
This year, the Board and staff of Colorado Farm To Table have focused on equipping the organization for a sustainable future, so it can continue to play a vital role in Colorado's effort to end hunger. Lisa Siegfried - a volunteer and board member - will lead the organization as Executive Director so Tony Madone can concentrate his energies on the actual work of farming - growing more food and expanding distribution, so that we can extend our impact to every region of Colorado.
"It is with a full heart I thank you on behalf of the AVCM and the families we serve. "Your weekly harvest of incredibly fresh and appealing vegetables put smiles on all our faces and delight in our words of gratitude for your blessings to us. Your fresh produce graces the tables of approximately 150 families a week. It is exciting to share recipes and ways to prepare the vegetables..
Thank you! God's greatest blessings to all involved in your service."
Cathy Storey, food Coordinator~Arkansas Valley Christian Mission- Buena Vista, Colorado
Recognition of the impact Colorado Farm To Table has on a local community was acknowledged in February 2017 by the Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado Springs when they honored Colorado Farm To Table with their fifth annual "Hunger's Hope" award for produce distributed in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
"Thank you so much for all that Colorado Farm to Table does to provide fresh prodice to individuals on the Western Slope. Sharing Ministries Food Bank is particularly proud to partner with Farm to Table by distributing this produce to low income families and 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and ministries that serve children and seniors. Sharing Ministries surveys our customers each January to get a perspective on what the needs of our customers are and how we can improve this food ministry. When asked what we can provide that would help supplement their family's grocery needs, about 60% say more fresh produce."
-Oneda Doyal, Sharing Ministries Food Bank - Montrose, Colorado
"The Denver Inner City Parish and the Food Exchange Resource Network have been recipients of produce from Colorado Farm to Table for the past 4 years. We have received thousands of pounds of produce to distribute to families in need throughout 13 different hunger relief organizations that operate in the Greater Denver area. Most of our recipients have limited access or cannot afford fresh produce. The assistance we have received from Colorado Farm to Table has been a real blessing and our partner organizations and their clients have come to rely on its contribution."
-Larry Martinez, Denver Inner City Parish - Denver, Colorado
Colorado Farm to Table was nominated and receiving the 2008 El Pomar Foundation Henry McAllister Award for Excellence. Colorado Farm to Table was re-nominated for the El Pomar Award for Excellence again in 2018.