Gailmarie Kimmel joined CFMA as Director in November, 2015. Based in Fort Collins, she brings a decade of experience working with local food and farms. In 2006, she published the first Eat Local Food Map and co-founded the Winter Farmers Market, which turned out to be the first in Colorado and has become a community institution. She worked with LoCo Food Distribution, an ambitious start-up tackling the challenges of moving locally-grown and -produced foods to wholesale customers along the Front Range. Simultaneously, she worked for Local Food Shift and started Living Soil Investments, a microloan group for local farmers and food entrepreneurs, adapting the “focus money on soil fertility” mantra of Slow Money. In 2015, she co-founded Poudre Valley Community Farms, A Farmland Cooperative, which is an innovative model for securing land access for young farmers.
Board of Directors
Martha Sullins, CFMA Board President, is an Ag Business Management Specialist with Colorado State University Extension, where she has worked to support farmers markets around the state since 2006, and has been on CFMA’s board of directors since 2013. She has helps to manage the Fort Collins Winter Market and works with specialty livestock and crop production businesses, agritourism, local foods, farm transition, on-farm food safety and risk management. She develops and teaches small business management classes, evaluates classroom and field-based educational programs targeted at beginning farmers and ranchers, and develops tools for ag and food producers navigating food safety and business regulations, as well as those starting value-added agricultural enterprises. Martha loves getting away from her desk-type job to work and play outside!
John Ellis, CFMA Board Vice President, is the owner of Farmers John’s and has farmed the entire 53 years he has lived in Boulder County. He’s busy planting and will get us a bio soon!
Josie Hart – new CFMA Board Member is the Farm Program Manager at Chatfield Farms. With the farm since March of 2011, Josie manages the new farm programs such as the Farm Stands in Food Deserts or Veterans Farm Program. Focusing on the development and sustainability of programs; Josie is inspired to connect people with the farm especially at CSA distributions which is a weekly mini celebration of fresh food. Josie manages three markets throughout Denver, and the team is a vendor at Denver’s Union Station Farmer’s market every Saturday. The markets serve neighborhoods that don’t have equal access to fresh food with community engagement projects, partnerships such as Environmental Learning for Kids and Denver Human Services. Josie has a background in earth-based education and graduated from the Evergreen State College in the Northwest. Josie is on the board of SNAP into Health Advisory and the Urban Food Initiatives.
Erika Moats is the new CFMA Treasurer
Karen Miller is CFMA Secretary, a role which she really enjoys. She is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver, who moved to South Fork in 2007. In 2013, she started the South Fork Farmers Market and currently serves as its Director and also the Director of the Village Farmers Market in Creede, CO. (In 2015, the South Fork Market started with 5 vendors and a massive hail storm but was up to 37 vendors at the end of the summer including the same 5 vendors that made it through the hail!!) In 2015, she also started a South Fork Winter Market, and this year she launches the first Creede market.
Karen Fleming joined CFMA in 2014. She also serves on the Colorado Farm and Art Market (CFAM) board. Karen is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) who works with the City of Colorado Springs Park and Recreation department, based out of Meadows Park Community Center. She (and her husband, Dan) founded Broad Based Universal Gardening Support (BBUGS) in 2010 which teaches healthy eating, active living education, nutrition, healthy earth connection, and growing organic foods in the community to eat seasonally and locally. Karen and Dan instruct 5210 programs, preschool, after-school gardening programs, and HEAL: Healthy Eating, Active Living to the underserved community. She founded CHOICE Worth Cooking Classes for before-school children, and the Fit Food Friday Feast Bouquet, which receives foods from the Health Foods stores and introduces it to the community in a new and original way… connecting people to healthy foods.
Lois Harvie is a K-8 educator from NM who has a passion for educating families about local food and sustainable food and farming. While living in Santa Fe, she was active with the Santa Fe Farmers Market and involved with the LOMB -Local Organic Foods on a Budget committee; a local educational program which organized cooking classes which promoted the use of local, organic foods through the Farmers Market Institute. She was also the marketing director and volunteer coordinator for the Santa Fe Community Farm, a 65 year old farm in Santa Fe that continues to work run under a generous volunteer base and donates 75% of its food to several outreach organizations in the area to feed the less fortunate. She moved to Montrose, CO in 2014 to begin her Colorado dream life, and help revitalize the Historic Montrose Farmers’ Market. She is currently working in the classroom as a teacher who enjoys writing, teaching Kids cooking classes, and looking for new ways to support local farming while promoting growers and food entrepreneurs in an effort to expand Agri-tourism efforts in Western Colorado.