Ann-Marie Draeger, Executive Director
Start Date: 2019
Tony Madone, Jr., Farm Operations ManagerFounder
Start Date: 1996
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 almost ten years before obtaining non-profit status. 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 served by soup kitchens and food banks. Tony says "that it just felt right" to provide individuals and families in need with fresh produce at no cost to them, a mission that continues today. As Tony states, "Our ministry directs us to address hunger relief for the needy and underprivileged, and men, women and families in crisis across as much of Colorado as we can serve. Our overarching goal is to follow Christ's teaching, as expressed in Matthew 25:35: 'For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.'
Tony moved the farm operation to its current location on Hwy. 291 in Salida in 2005, growing vegetables on ten of the site's available 15 acres, and in 2006 Colorado Farm To Table received its non-profit status. The Shine Family of Salida generously donated use of these 15 acres for a multi-year term, and the Mehos Family recently donated an adjacent 5 acres, for a total of 20 arable acres. A greenhouse was completed in early 2010 to start vegetables. Located in Salida, Colorado, Colorado Farm To Table's fresh grown produce has wide distribution covering over 2/3 of Colorado from Salida, Saguache, and Buena Vista to Montrose, Leadville, Durango/Cortez, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver.
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 Idaho and has also owned and operated machine shops and heavy equipment repair shops. A native of Cañon City, Tony and his wife of 42 years, Kay, have been in Salida for the past 20 years. Tony has two grown daughters, one son-in law and he and Kay are overjoyed with their two grandchildren 1 and 3.
Thomas McDaniel, Assistant to the Farm Manager
Start Date: 2014
Mr. McDaniel was raised in a wheat and 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 March 2014 because he is interested in furthering
his career in agriculture. Mr. 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. Mr. McDaniel joined Colorado Farm
To Table in April 2014.
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