Buena Vida Farm (Hispanic Women's Farming Proyecto)
City: Fort Collins, CO,
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About Us
ABOUT US: This project was conceptualized by MaryLou Smith of Buena Vida Farm,
west of Windsor, as a way the farm can use its land and water to produce high quality
vegetables for local benefit while providing opportunities for immigrant and refugee
women to improve their employability and self-confidence. Based on what we learned
from our 2020 pilot year we have designed a non-profit professional development
fellowship structure for the Hispanic Women’s Farming Proyecto going forward. Our
fiscal sponsor is Fort Collins Community Action Network.

OPPORTUNITY FOR IMMIGRANT/REFUGEE WOMEN: Six women with keen interest in
agriculture are accepted into the project and each are awarded a significant stipend.
They meet one full day per week, May through October, to learn about agriculture while
growing their own vegetables to sell. Volunteer experts teach them about soil and plant
health, irrigation, simple bookkeeping, and marketing. They receive a certificate of
completion to use for future job searches, and they keep the revenue they earn from
selling their vegetables.
OUR VEGETABLES: The women decide what to grow, including experimenting with
some cultivars from their home countries, including Mexico
and Guatemala. This year’s crops include tomatoes, chiles, onions, cilantro (salsa
makings!) as well as carrots, radishes, green beans, melons, cucumbers, and
pumpkins. All vegetables are grown without herbicides or pesticides, with attention to
soil health and water conservation.