About The Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

The Colorado Farm & Food Alliance is a network of Colorado family farms, winemakers, brewers, food producers, chefs and restaurateurs, who are working together to ensure a balanced approach to energy development that protects our farms, foods, and drink.  Check out What We Support or view video testimonials from some of our supporters and partners.

Our Story

The need for clean water and healthy land is vital to Colorado.  Our partners and the economic activity they support depend on energy development being balanced with protection for the places and qualities that make our state special.   Colorado farms and agricultural heritage, home-grown food, award-winning wines, and our famous craft beer industry, all rely on plentiful clean water, and on the products that come from our healthy land.

The Colorado Farm & Food Alliance grew from the grassroots efforts of western Colorado agricultural operators, ranchers, food producers, and community members.  We advocate for a balanced approach to energy development that prioritizes our healthy lands and clean water.

The Colorado Farm & Food Alliance provides information about Colorado agriculture and food economies, and highlights the nexus between securing those values and implementing sound energy policy.  We welcome participation from a range of organizations, individuals and businesses on our various projects. Please contact us here to get involved.

Our supporters speak out:

What we are doing in this valley, with agritourism, preserving sustainable, family farms, is important—and it depends on keeping this place intact.  Some places are important as is, and oil and gas development doesn’t fit with what is already there and working.  We shouldn’t just drill anywhere, instead we need to identify places that are important to Colorado and protect them.

-Scott Horner, Small Potatoes Farm and CSA

Our ranch raises natural grass fed beef and we grow specialty hay for sale around the West, and it’s just good practice to be smart about where we drill.  There are places to develop energy but not where we grow food—I don’t want a fracking spill in my hayfield. 

-Landon Deane, Eagle Butte Ranch

Our businesses are hugely dependent on our wonderful views.  We need to plan in a way that protects the places of value, and make sensible choices about where and how drilling activity occurs.  We need to strike a smart balance.

-Ty Gillespie, Azura Cellars & Gallery

My customers expect food that is well-sourced and healthy, that comes from a place where industrial contamination is not a risk.  My business depends on healthy lands and clean water—our lands need to be managed for all their values, not just the oil and gas that might be extracted.

-Jensen Cummings, Denver Chef and Restaurateur