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 Sweely
Inspired 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 farm Tracy 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.