The Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator was created by Tracy Sweely as a way to make it easier to plan HeartEye Village CSA Farm in Lafayette, Colorado.
After a great deal of time spent compiling the data that makes up the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator, and seeing what a useful tool it was for planning a vegetable farm, CSA, or garden, we decided to make it available to others.
There is a small fee to use the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator and its suite of accompanying financial and production planning tools and templates.
Proceeds are being directed toward research and development for usability upgrades to the Calculator and the entire tool suite.
Our project is supported under a 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsorship with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Foundation Cooperative Development Center.
About Tracy SweelyInspired by The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Tracy Sweely co-founded Colorado Local Sustainability with Jim Sincock in 2007.
While engaging Colorado's farmers, Tracy observed that the rising costs of distributing produce seriously undermined the financial sustainability of farming operations.
Over the next couple of years it became clear that Urban Farming, the production of food in the same location where it will be consumed, was a promising market driven response to this situation.
Simultaneously, Tracy was working for HearEye Land Trust, a company engaged in developing a progressive, community-oriented, sustainable residential development with an on-site agriculture component.Moving forward with the agricultural component of this development, she helped co-create HeartEye Village CSA micro-farm in 2009 and has been the Farm Manager ever since.As a result of working on HeartEye Village farmTracy created the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator, as well as other planning tools and templates, to streamline production planning.In 2012 Tracy founded Fantastic Farm Enterprises to assist beginner farmers in establishing sustainable urban and peri-urban farming operations.Tracy has a Masters degree in Anthropology, specifically Archaeology, focusing on the social relations of ancient Mayan agrarian households.
What was Colorado Local Sustainability and Landshare Colorado?
Colorado Local Sustainability (CLS) was an organization co-founded in 2007 by Tracy Sweely and Jim Sincock.
Although a popular site, CLS dissolved in 2012 when Tracy began focusing on Fantastic Farm Enterprises and Jim began expanding his fine art photography business.
Colorado Local Sustainability and the Rocky Mountain Growers Directory were started by Jim Sincock and Tracy Sweely in March 2007.
The farm is a pilot study for the Grow Your Own CSA Co-op at LandShare Colorado and currently managed by Tracy Sweely.
He lives in Eldora, Colorado where he has a sometimes challenging high altitude organic vegetable & medicinal herb garden.
Tracy SweelyCo-founder, Business ManagerTracy's background is varied but she has never found herself working too far from dirt… She began her professional life as an archaeologist and has worked as an independent scholar exploring social theory and the use of geophysical techniques for examining subsurface conditions.Tracy has felt privileged to be able to apply her scientific background to farming by creating the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator, a tool that assists farmers and gardeners to easily plan their production seasons.
Tracy is currently the property manager of the HeartEye Land Trust, in Lafayette CO and is the Farm Manager of the HeartEye Village CSA farm.
Founded in March 2007 by Jim Sincock and Tracy Sweely with the goal of producing a state-wide directory focusing on sustainable farms & ranches.
The LandShare site is now the home of Tracy Sweely's (former co-founder of CLS) Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator.
Grants for Growers - Grant writing is not an easy process, yet there are many grants available to family farmers, and sustainable farmers.
Our goal was to hire a grant writer to help Colorado farmers write and apply for grants to improve their farms.
This is another aspect of our project which we had to discontinue due to a lack in financial support.
I'm proud of all of the work that Tracy & myself accomplished with this project, and am grateful to those of you who did support our project over the years.
Tracy Sweely co-founder of Colorado Local Sustainability created the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator (FFCG) to make this process as quick and painless as possible so that you can enjoy the cultivation experience and concentrate your time and energy on actually growing and marketing your crops.
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