Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-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 have owned and operated Two Roots Farm LLC in Carbondale, CO. We are a diversified organic vegetable (grow ing 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 four 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.
I, Christian, have left the farm and am looking to start anew back in Montana.
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 of interestCarbon, Flathead, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Yellowstone
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40
Planned OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Vegetable
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.Two Roots Farm, currently rooted in Basalt, 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.