Native Hill is expanding! We are excited to be working with Poudre Valley Community Farms and Montava to expand our farm to include 40 acres of beautiful farm land within the City of Fort Collins. The new farm land will be located within the boundaries of the Montava development, an agri-urban community that will reside in the Northeast corridor of the city.
We have been looking for a permanent expansion opportunity for many years and we are excited to be a part of a project that not only will preserve 40 acres of prime farm land, but also has sustainability its primary focus. This expansion will not only allow us to steward more land organically but will also allow us to be better farmers. We have a grand vision for the new farm including enough land for both cover crops and cash crops, infrastructure for washing and packing produce, and an onsite farm stand. We are working with the National Resource Conservation Service to make improvements in water efficiency and erosion control in the new fields and we are excited to partner with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas on a shared vision for habitat for native pollinators and wildlife.
Farm Expansion Timeline and Important Dates
How to Get Involved
There are some important public meetings that would be helpful to attend in order to show support for the Montava development:
1. City of Fort Collins Planning and Zoning Hearing on March 7th, 2019 at City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
2. City of Fort Collins City Council Hearing at 6:00pm on March 27th, 2019 at City Hall West, 300 Laporte Ave
Click here to learn more about the city’s involvement in the project. Also, if you can’t make the meetings, you can send emails of support to your local city council member here or to the project planner Clay Frickey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Project Status
Montava has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins over the past year to create a community that embodies the values of its citizens. It is a big project and there are many logistics such as water, sewer, roads, affordable housing, parks and recreation, natural areas, multi-generational housing etc to figure out. A big mile stone in the process happened last October when the City of Fort Collins approved a new metro district for the project so that it is able to pay for the needed infrastructure that precludes the development. There are two more important public meetings in March before the project gets its final approval and we encourage any supporter to attend.
We are unsure as to the exact date for Montava to close on the land for the development, but we are hopeful that it will be in the later part of 2019. In the meantime, Native Hill has leased the future farmland from the current owner and has started the soil rehab process that is necessary for organic certification. Cover crops have been planted and we will spend the next year working with experts from CSU to leach excess salts from the soil so it can support vegetable production.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you still be growing food for the general public (i.e. not just for the Montava community)?
Yes!!!! Our number on reason for this expansion project is to better serve the community that has supported and helped us grow over the last 10 years. We are looking forward to returning to the farmers market in 2020 and serving our CSA and farm stand clients in a better capacity than we have in the past.
What will you do with the old farm?
We currently have plans to keep farming in our current location and view the Montava project as a farm land addition. The North Taft Farm will be a strategic location for continuing to serve the LaPorte community as well as for our winter production.