Specialty Crops Program

Field day 2014

The Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State University aims to help growers master production systems, and explore and develop market opportunities for their specialty crops. Included in this class of specialty crops are vegetable, nursery, fruit, turf, ornamental, fiber, and herbs. Excluded from the program’s intent are feed grains and oil crops.

The Specialty Crops Program also manages the Rocky Mountain Small Organic Farm Project, expanding the scope of research to include projects reflecting the needs of organic market producers.


Academic Programs

Undergraduate programs

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Team Members

The Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State will be finalizing the hiring process for a tenure track Assistant Professor, Specialty Crops, research and education in the very near future.

Until that time, the Specialty Crops Program is temporarily being managed and overseen by an extremely capable group of graduate and undergraduate students in our department.



Natalie Yoder, M.S. Horticulture is taking a leadership role during this interim period for the Specialty Crops Program while she works on an exciting research on developing cyanobacteria fertilizers.



Gary Gross, B.S. Horticulture is managing our field research plots at the Horticulture Field Research Center.


sara tomato

Sara Kammlade, M.S. Horticulture is managing our Grower Research and Education Grant (GREG) program as well as conducting her own research in breeding and agroecology.


Other Team Members

Chris Engels, B.S. Horticulture

Leila Graves, Ph.D. Horticulture

Rob Hausmann, M.S. Horticulture

Anne Kearney, M.S. Horticulture

Dan Long, M.S. Horticulture



Current Projects

See photos from the 2013 projects!

Visit our CSU Specialty Crops Program Facebook Page

More information about the rebirth of the CSU Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project coming soon!

In 2012, after seven very successful years of wonderful support and friendship, the CSU CSA discontinued operation.

Looking ahead to the 2013-14 academic year and the 2014 growing season we are hoping to explore the possibilities for re-establishing this popular project.

Active Research Areas

High tunnel soil fertility


Season extension for raspberries

Cyanobacteria fertilizer in cooperation with Thin Air Nitrogen Solutions

Student Organization

The Sustainable Development club or SusDev organic garden is a welcoming non-traditional club that is dedicated to bringing innovative and fun projects to CSU students that will enhance their academic experience.

Contact information for the 2013-14 academic year coming soon.


National Resources

NRCS – National Resource Conservation Service

NYFC – National Young Farmers Coalition

SARE – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Local Farms

Spring Kite Farm

Native Hill Farm