Colorado fruit and vegetable growers can now speak with one voice on the complex issues they face, from evolving consumer preferences and food safety concerns to labor and water issues.
A new professional group — the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association — was officially launched Thursday during a workshop at the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture.
In addition to providing unification on issues for Colorado growers of all fruits and vegetables, the new group will also provide an information portal for both conventional and organic commercial growers throughout the state.
The board is supported by Colorado State University Extension staff and a grant from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Four key growing regions of Colorado — the Arkansas Valley, northern Colorado, the San Luis Valley and the Tri-River Area of western Colorado — are represented on the board of directors. Members are being recruited from southwest Colorado, as well.
The board president for the new Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is Robert Sakata, a vegetable grower based in Brighton. For more information, contact him at (303) 947-3097, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.