26 Years Ago...
In 1996, career farmer Tony Madone, Jr., started a two acre garden plot in Salida, Colorado and donated all of the produce to the hungry. His commitment would eventually grow into what is Colorado Farm to Table (CFTT) today, which officially became a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2006. With a mission to grow, harvest, and distribute fresh produce at no cost to food banks, soup kitchens, and pantries, CFFT serves families in need across Colorado with access to fresh, nourishing food.
Sustain a mission farm rooted in stewardship, community and compassion for the hungry, where every Coloradan in need has equitable access to fresh, nutritious Colorado grown produce.
Practice stewardship and embody the values of place, community and service through caring for and sharing our natural agricultural resources.
Collaborate with local, state and national partners to advance hunger relief, agricultural education and sustainability.
Engage youth and people of all ages in volunteer farming experiences to grow high quality, nutritious produce for hungry families in Colorado.
Our Unique Solution
Currently 1 in 7 People in Colorado struggle with hunger and it's estimated that over 600,000 Coloradans don't know where their next meal will come from.
Despite the large agricultural industry in Colorado and the many organizations dedicated to alleviating hunger, CFTT is the only non-profit organization combining a viable farming operation with an anti-hunger mission. Each active year, CFTT has raised and given away thousands of pounds of vegetables—cabbage, broccoli, sweet corn, acorn squash, zucchini, etc.—grown exclusively for the hungry and food insecure in Colorado.
The produce is then distributed at no cost to recipient organizations, or distribution partners, that are typically soup kitchens, churches, food banks, pantries and other aid-focused organizations serving at risk populations across the state.
These distribution partners then re-distribute to the families and individuals who are the true recipients of our fresh produce.
Distribution covers 8 Colorado counties including Chaffee County and 2 large regions- the Pike's Peak Region and Metro Denver Region.
AWARDS + RECOGNITION
Tony Madone Jr. was awarded Outstanding Conservationist of the Year for leadership and guidance in community crop production (2005).
Colorado Farm To Table was awarded the El Pomar Foundation Henry McAllister Award for Excellence (2008).
Recognition of the impact Colorado Farm To Table has on a local community was acknowledged by Care and Share Food Bank in Colorado Springs when they honored Colorado Farm To Table with their fifth annual “Hunger’s Hope” award for produce distributed in Colorado Springs and Pueblo (2017).