Growing Our Capacity

Dear Mile High Farmers,

As a co-chapter of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) and National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers), Mile High Farmers (MHF) is an organization committed to promoting the growth of agriculture in the Denver metro area through urban farmer advocacy, collaboration among farmers and their communities, and eater education. The following initiatives--along with the committees created to support our work--developed out of conversations rooted in the two Producer Summits we organized in 2018 and 2020.

MHF is the local extension of RMFU and Young Farmers — we are here to address the concerns of our community of farmers in our area. We value equity and solidarity, and are focused on ensuring social and economic justice for our partner-farmers and our community members. As parent organizations, RMFU and NYFC support our initiatives, provide resources, and ensure that our voices and concerns are present on a national level. We encourage you to become members of both RMFU and Young Farmers, as they are both member-driven organizations and advocate on behalf of our community.

The mutual support and reciprocity between our organizations is also valued in our constituency. Being a partner of MHF means offering mutual support and cultivating a culture of solidarity. It means participating in a movement to bring to fruition the desired future elaborated in the Producers Summit. Being a partner of MHF also means showing up for yourself and for your community, coming to meetings, voicing your perspectives and concerns, offering value and insight to conversations, helping develop the MHF vision, and working collaboratively to advance our goals.

Partners of MHF not only share resources, educate each other, and advocate together for policy changes, but are also integral agents that work toward our mission and goals. Our current work is underlined by the committees we have formed to address issues affecting our communities: 

 

Committees:

  1. Farmer to Farmer Education

  2. Farmers Markets and Marketing 

  3. Farmer Wellness

  4. Land Access

  5. Policy

  6. Justice and Equity

  7. Strategic Partnerships

  8. Mile High Farmer Outreach

In Response to COVID:

 

  1. Funding 

  2. Farmer PPE 

  3. Food Handling and Farmer Safety

  4. Seed Bank

  5. Online Marketing/ Farmer Sales Resilience 

  6. Data collection

In an effort to value our work as farmers in strengthening our communities, we would like to propose that all new and current partner-farmers pay $10.00 to support the work of MHF. This will also allow you to become part of the MHF directory. MHF affiliate partners are also encouraged to make a contribution! ​

After registering, please spend a few minutes filling out a brief partner survey so that we can tell the MHF story better!

Thank you for your support. Let’s work together to cultivate our communities and do the important work of building meaningful relationships and carrying out our mission-driven work.

a word on membership from RMFU and Young Farmers 

Becoming an RMFU Member means becoming a part of a grass-roots advocacy, education and economic development organization that’s over 100 years old.  In fact, Education, Cooperation and Legislation are the three pillars of RMFU.  These correlate to the three most important tools that farmers, ranchers and food system professionals can use to impact change in their industry.  When you become a member of RMFU, you’re contributing to our advocacy voice and gaining opportunities to participate in our policy setting process; our youth and adult education programs; and our mission to ensure a safe and healthy food supply with successful farm and ranch families. 

 

We call ourselves a grass-roots organization, but what does that mean? It means that our members control our direction and they have a place to engage at every level. Policy is shaped by member participation through general agreement and that guides everything that the RMFU board and staff does.

 

Ultimately, by reasoning together, we form a union. That union is nimble on the chapter level to create change in a community and it also leverages a critical mass to provide an influential voice across the state and country. 

Go to RMFU.org to join. Voting membership are $75 per individual/family per year, and affiliate memberships (non-voting) are $45 per year. Contact Dan Waldvogle at daniel.waldvogle@rmfu.org with questions about RMFU membership. 

Young Farmers Membership

Join the National Young Farmers Coalition in supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Because of our members, the Coalition has won historic investment in farmer training, farmland protection, and outreach to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in the 2018 farm bill. As a member, you have policy staff in DC and at the state level working around the clock to represent your interests at the capital. Plus, you get access to discounts at over 20 different online retailers. This year we’ve added a few new discounts including Gemplers and Good Food Jobs. Memberships begin at $35/year or $5/month. 

With the changing farm demographics, dwindling water security, and increasing climate chaos, our work now is more important than ever, and we hope you will join us as a member of the National Young Farmers Coalition by visiting http://youngfarmers.org/join.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to membership@youngfarmers.org.

Mile High Farmers

Denver, CO

milehighfarmers@gmail.com

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