Listing Information

Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partners

Agriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years), General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training

Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:

Colorado State University Building Farmers Program

Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.

My partner and I own and operate Two Roots Farm LLC in Carbondale, CO. We are a diversified organic vegetable (growing on 1.5 acres of bed space) farm in the high elevation Roaring Fork Valley (our farm sits at 7,000'). Our farm has been in operation for two years, and we are proud that we have been able to earn a living and create a profitable farm in that time. We currently sell produce to a high volume farmers market, a local distributor, and restaurants in the Roaring Fork Valley and Gunnison Valley. Learn more at: www.tworootsfarm.com.

Additionally, we partner with a local food distributor -- we are familiar with wholesale market farming and distribution.

We both graduated from UM and as our current farm lease is nearing its end, we are interested in the potential of returning to western Montana.

Previous Experience:
2015/16/17/18 - Owner @ Two Roots Farm LLC
2014/2015 - Agriculture Manager at ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch, Basalt, CO
2013 - Apprentice @ Ocean Air Farms, Fort Dick, CA
2012 - Spring Intern @ PEAS Farm, Missoula, MT.

Counties

Carbon, Flathead, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Yellowstone

Acreage

1-5, 6-10, 11-40

Type of Operation

Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable

Farming Practices

Organic

Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.

Two Roots Farm, currently rooted in Missouri Heights, CO, is a small mixed vegetable farm growing vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs for local chefs and individuals. At Two Roots Farm, we aim to grow delicious, fresh, and nutritious produce for our community. We mimic natural systems by utilizing farming methods such as cover cropping, crop rotation, bio-diverse crop selection, integrated pest management, inter-planting, composting, and organic standards. These methods attempt to work with nature not against it, allowing us to grow without the use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. Two Roots Farm is the result of a shared farming passion between Harper Kaufman and Christian La Bar. We are first generation farmers completing our fourth season farming in the Roaring Fork Valley and second season as business owners. We currently lease farm space and housing from the Spayd Family on their private property (Spradley Farms) in Missouri Heights.
We plan to maintain a similar operation at our new location, though the market demand, market proximity, and land constraints will ultimately determine our direction.


Transition Arrangements

Buy/Sell, Lease, Open to other arrangements

Onsite Housing

Yes

Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:

We are very confident in our ability to get a property up and running provided basic needs are met (water, electricity, barn, road access). However, we will appreciate assistance in making local market connections as we have been away from Montana for over 5 years.

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