Grower Research and Education Grants


Grower Research and Education Grants support projects that address specialty crops issues faced by small, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers in Colorado.

The Colorado State University Specialty Crops Program distributes grant money annually to growers and groups of growers to conduct applied on-farm research and education projects.

***The Grower Research and Education Grants are funded by the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant in partnership with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. For more information about the CDA\’s Specialty Crop Block Grant see their website.***

Recent Projects

  • Organic Sweet Cherry Production – Frank Stonaker, Hotchkiss, CO
2014 Annual Report
  • High Tunnel Strawberry Production – Amy and Rod Yackel Adams, Fort Collins, CO
2014 Annual Report
  • Local Farm coopertaive – Karl Talbot, Fort Collins CO
2014 Report
  •  Food Bank Incubator Farm Feasibility Study – Be Local in Fort Collins, CO
2013 Final Report
  • Farm Direct Organic Seed: Product Development and Training for Women Seed Farmers in Southeast Colorado – Dan Hobbs of Hobbs Family Farm in Avondale, CO
2013 Final Report
2014 Seed Catalog
  • Fountain Creek Dry Bean Project – Susan Gordon of Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs, CO
2013 Final Report
  • Cultivation of Edible Mushrooms in Arid Environments – Kathryn Johnson in Walsenburg, CO
2013 Final Report
  • Jumpin’ Good 2012 Potato Crop
2011 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
  • Chicken Moat for Pest Management – Karen Spencer of Greyrock Community in Fort Collins, CO
2012 Annual Report
2013 Final Report
2013 Non-Technical Article
  • Research, Development, and Demonstration of Solar Hops and Herb Drying for Small Farm Applications – Andrews Family Farm in Boulder, CO Appendices
2012 Final Report
  • Growing Specialty Root Vegetable Crops for Storage and Winter Marketing in the San Juan Basin – Hesperus, CO
2011 Annual Report
  • Profitable Berry Production and Management in Colorado – Javernick Family Farms in Arkansas Valley, CO
2011 Annual Report
  • Recruiting, Curriculum, and Mentoring Program Development: Boulder County Farmer Cultivation Center – Everybody Eats! in Boulder, CO
2011 Final Report
  • Youth-Led Urban Farming and Produce Marketing Initiative – GreenLeaf in Denver, CO
2011 Final Report
  • Best Practice Development for Micro Farms: Making Urban CSAs Sustainable in Colorado
2011 Final Report
  • The Effectiveness of a Subterranean Heating and Cooling System High Tunnel for Year Round Market Gardening – Sandy Charles of Filigri Farm in Fort Collins, CO
2010 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
  • Bottom Heated Greenhouse Versus High-Tunnel Winter Salad and Micro-Green Research – SongHaven Farm in Cahone, CO
2011 Final Report
  • Sweet Potato Production Study – Oxford Farms in Boulder County, CO
2010 Final Report

Representative Earlier Projects

  • Colorado Garlic: Expanding Markets Through Improved Cold Storage Methods
  • Optimizing the Production of Peppers and Tomatoes with Saline Water Using Subsurface Drip Irrigation
  • Specialty Crop Development Plan of the Chimney Rock Farm
  • Controlling Weeds Using Propane Generated Flame and Steam Treatments in Specialty Crop and Non-Croplands
  • Biology and Management of Sap Beetle in Sweet Corn
  • Organic Sweet Potato, Heirloom Curcurbit Seed, and Blackberry Production
  • Improving the Processing and Marketing of the Mira Sol Chile Pepper Production and Marketing of Garbanzo Beans
  • Organic Fruit Marketing Research Project
  • Hop Variety Test in Western Colorado (Year 2 of 2)
  • Enhancing the Production of Certified Strawberry Nursery Stocks in the San Luis Valley (Year 2 of 2)
  • Colorado Garlic: Improving Economics with a Spring Green Crop and Optimizing Summer Harvest Dates
  • Growing Seedless Watermelon in the Arkansas Valley
  • Drought Tolerance of Bedding Plants
  • Integrated Management of Sap Beetles in Western Colorado Sweet Corn
  • Field Hoop Houses
  • Market Differentiation Project – Colorado Potatoes
  • Economic Feasibility of Producing Hybrid Chile Transplants and Potted Ornamental Peppers
  • Assessment of Antioxidant Properties of Colorado Apples Compared to Competing Production Regions
  • Application of Crop Modeling for Sustainable Grape Production (Year 3 of 3)
  • Use of On-farm Cover-crops for Fertility in Organic Fruit Production (Year 3 of 3)
  • Winter Vegetable Crop Production and Marketing (Year 2 of 2)
  • Project to Determine Opportunities and Financial Feasibility of Value Added Products Derived from Colorado Peaches
  • Japanese Beetle Eradication from Palisade, Colorado
  • Increasing the Marketing Period for Melons Using Row Covers
  • Economic Feasibility of Producing Heirloom Peppers and Specialty Pepper Transplants for Market and Seed Saving Activities
  • Colorado Crop to Cuisine: Strengthening Market Relationships Between Chefs and Specialty Crop Producers
  • Production Planning for Specialty Crops in the Five Major Farming Areas of Colorado
  • Using Row Covers and Plasticulture to Produce Earlier Harvest and Greater Yields
  • Marketing Colorado Wine Trails
  • Certified Naturally Grown Table Grapes, Raspberries, and Blackberry Production with Drip Irrigation
  • Production Feasibility Test for Lignonberries in Colorado
  • Colorado Crop to Cuisine: Enhancing Value-Added Product Offerings and More Diverse Marketing Channels
  • Enhancing Potato Production by Improving the Soil Food Web (Year 2 of 3)
  • Winter Greenhouse Production of Specialty Greens: Profiting From Solar Heating (Year 2 of 3)
  • Research Trial of Heirloom and Hybrid Tomato Varieties in High Tunnel Production
  • Pickling Cucumber Variety Trials
  • Organic Strawberry Production: Testing Various Cultivars for Taste and Adaptability to Western Colorado and Season Extension Techniques for Early Berry Production
  • Colorado Fresh Produce Club
  • Vine and Root Seed Production and Marketing
  • Growing New and Unique Watermelons and Muskmelons in the Arkansas Valley
  • Improving Intensive Production with Transplants
  • Exotic and Specialty Melons for the Rocky Ford Area
  • Enhancing Strawberry Nursery Productivity Using Early Season Plant and Soil Treatments
  • Japanese Beetle Eradication from Palisade, Colorado
  • Lettuce Variety Comparison, Insect Resistance Evaluations, and Organic Treatment Trials for Red Lettuce Aphid
  • Feasibility Study for Establishing, Growing, and Propagating Lycium barbarum (wolfberry)
  • Feasibility of Primocane-Fruiting Blackberry Production
  • Rocky Mountain Seed Exchange
  • High Tunnel Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Organic Garden Pea Seed Production
  • Onion Project Demonstration Under Drip Irrigation
  • High Tunnel Production and Market Research of Cut Flowers for Early Market and Sales
  • Rude Becky\’s Specialty Cut Flower High Tunnel Project
  • Tunnel Modification for Production of Field Grown Organic Vegetables
  • Alternative Techniques for Weed and Verticillium Control