The Colorado Building Farmers and Ranchers program builds community and capacity in agriculture.  The program utilizes classroom learning and helps new farmers and ranchers:

  • Explore agriculture as a business
  • Learn how to manage risks 
  • Understand how to succeed in diverse markets. 

Who Should Participate?

  • New Farmers/Ranchers: <1/4 acre farmers/<100 acres ranchers and/or < 1 year and/or intern, apprentice level experience (large garden, on-farm, or ranch)
  • Intermediate Farmers/Ranchers: Production, marketing manager or sole operator, >1/4 acre farmers/>100 acres ranchers for <3 years
  • Experienced Farmers/Ranchers: Production, marketing manager or sole operator, >1/4 acre/>100 acres rancher for >3 years


  • New and Intermediate Farmers and Ranchers: $200 for all 8 sessions ($300 for two people from same operation with one set of handouts). Includes course material.
  • Experienced Farmers/Ranchers: $150 for all 8 sessions or $25 per class

Want to Learn More?

Applications for 2022 are currently closed, but you can learn more about the program: