Colorado

Colorado State University | Engagement and Extension | Rural Initiative

In June 2021, the CSU System Board of Governors voted to invest $8.58 million over the next three years in expanded support for rural Colorado students and communities. We are making these investments after listening to and learning from our communities, economic and community development leaders and individuals across the state. As we expand our rural initiative, we continue conversations. We listen and learn and work together with communities, evolving and enhancing our approach to serve the needs of Coloradans. This inclusive, statewide process led us to create key goals and the hire over a dozen rural initiative specialists who work to design and deliver programming that meets the unique needs of their communities.

We specialize in:

  • Education
  • Health Extension System based on prevention science

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado

Angel Flight West

We are a 40-year-old nonprofit that provides free flights for those in medical/other compelling need through our generous volunteer pilot network in 12 Western US states. Though we’re best known for linking passengers to valuable medical resources, we also provide transportation for other humanitarian purposes, such as individuals and families escaping domestic violence, human trafficking, disaster relief, therapeutic programs for veterans, and children’s specialty camps.

We specialize in:

  • Crisis Assistance

We can also help you with:

  • Resources for Veteran Farmers
  • Resources for Women Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Frontline Farming

FLF is a food justice and farmer advocacy organization that believes good food should be for all people and that farmers deserve living wages. We develop asset-based and data-driven solutions that are community derived. We funnel money, resources, and time into the communities we serve and the farmers who grow our food.

FrontLine Farming a food and farmers advocacy group focusing on food growing, education, sovereignty and justice.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Resources for BIPOC Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Research, Technical Assistance, & Education

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado

Zero Foodprint

Please visit our website at www.zerofoodprint.org/apply to learn more about our Restore Grant program, which awards up to $25,000 for projects implementing NRCS conservation practices. Or visit www.zerofoodprint.org/compost to learn about Compost Connector, which discounts select compost orders in the state of California. 

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • California
  • Colorado

La Plata Family Centers Coalition

The La Plata Family Centers Coalition is a community-based organization that delivers high-quality human services in rural Southwest Colorado. For over 35 years, The La Plata Family Centers Coalition has listened and responded to the current social, emotional, educational, and economic needs of the diverse families in our community, including farm workers.

We specialize in:

  • Resources for Farmworkers / Migrant Workers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado

Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project

WORC’s Agriculture and Food Campaign addresses one of the fundamental problems facing rural America: the need to advance the economic and environmental sustainability of family farms and ranches. The Campaign challenges an industry that has little regard for biodiversity, sustainability, animal well-being, public health or the rural economy. The Campaign is working to revitalize rural communities through grassroots action and local projects that foster sustainable agricultural practices, owner-operated businesses and cooperatives, fair competition in agricultural markets, conservation of land, water and air, and availability of fresh, healthful, locally-produced foods.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

MASA Seed Foundation

We strive to: Build a bioregional seed bank Form a multi-demographic Seed Growers Cooperative Distribute organic seeds and produce Facilitate educationally-driven Volunteer Programs in agriculture, horticulture and permaculture Teach & assist local growers with their residential and farm landscapes

We specialize in:

  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We can also help you with:

  • Research, Technical Assistance, & Education

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado
  • National

Mad Agriculture

Our work begins with farm planning. We dream big about what the land wants to be and how to implement regenerative principles and practices. Putting ideals into action is hard to do. We use a combination of community support, capital and markets to activate regenerative agriculture on the land. Our work learns from and contributes to an emerging and diverse community of funders, practitioners and purchasers. We focus on the Midwest and High Plains of the United States. Exceptions can and will be made.

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Research, Technical Assistance, & Education

We can also help you with:

  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Financial & Business Planning
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets

We work in these areas:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

CAAMHP (Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation)

We provide culturally aware behavioral health services to the broad agrarian and rural communities in Colorado. Specific services include vouchers for counseling with licensed behavioral health therapists (including some specializing in adolescent care, gender and sexuality, addiction recovery, and marriage and family therapy among others). We also have an Adolescent Addiction Support Workshop to provide education to parents and other caregivers of adolescents experiencing addiction.

We specialize in:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Disaster Relief/Resilience
  • Farm Stress
  • Resources for BIPOC Farmers
  • Resources for Farmworkers / Migrant Workers
  • Resources for LGBTQIA Farmers
  • Resources for Tribal Farmers & Ranchers
  • Resources for Veteran Farmers
  • Resources for Women Farmers
  • Substance Use Support

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado

AgWell

We uplift the lives of America’s producers by wiping out the stigma and shame of asking for help. We connect rural farmers and ranchers to stress management resources including, but not limited to, suicide prevention, substance abuse, general mental health resources, financial resources, and more. Most importantly, we connect agricultural workers to members of their own community who understand the challenges that the agriculture industry faces, and who have been trained to help struggling farmers, ranchers, and other industry workers find help.

We specialize in:

  • Farm Stress

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Wyoming