Donoma Farms is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles by improving local food options, raising agriculture education through season extension, and providing a local source of fresh picked, organically grown and nutritious vegetables during times when little local offering exist. Donoma Farms is devoted to sustainable agricultural practices from planning to production and throughout harvest and delivery to meet the demand for quality products while preserving our resources for generations to come.
New Donoma Logo
The outer circle and 4 pillars of light that radiate from it represent the Sun, happiness and the 4 unique seasons provided for us. The outer circle also represents the medicine wheel used universally by plains natives to focus energy on healing. We focus our energy on creating an ecosystem that provides food that nourishes the gut and body of our customers.
The crossed arrows are the universal Native American symbol for friendship. We dream to create positive relationships with the land, the plants, the animals and the customers who make up our ecosystem farm. We respect and appreciate the roles of each part of the system and with community support we can be a true community supported agriculture system.
Finally the two smaller circles represent dream catchers. This system was and always will be an ever changing dream and we hope that visualize and improve each season with your help. We hope to catch the ideas and input from our animals, the ground, and our customers. We will then incorporate those ideas with the farmers who care for the system.
The term Donoma originates from the Native American language meaning “Sight of the Sun” and at Donoma Farms we are dedicated to honoring the values of the first Colorado natives who believed in environmental stewardship and working within nature to meet the food demands of their peoples. We believe in blending the knowledge and successes passed down through history (organic, small scale, sustainable, diverse farming practices) with smart, innovative, and reliable technologies that improve and reduce resource use (nutrients, water, energy) throughout our system.
To bring the meaning of our name full circle, we design our system to capture and maximize the “sight of the sun” to generate light and heat for our crops and seedlings varieties that are chosen carefully to minimize inputs and are often heirloom and cool season tolerant. We feel that agriculture has been devalued in post 19th century American history and we aim to educate our local community on the importance of producing food locally, sustainably and improving American nutrition by providing fresh, tasty, and high quality food you can be enthusiastic about.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between a grower and a group of consumers. Members provide their farmer with the up-front capital needed to cover production costs, sometimes assist with farm tasks, and may help to coordinate the organizational details of running a CSA. In return, the farmer provides members with a share of the weekly harvest. CSAs provide significant benefits for the farmer, the members, and the larger community.
CSAs provide a means for a small-scale family farmer to make a decent living, by sharing the year-to-year risks inherent to farming such as drought and pest problems. Farmers also feel more connected to their customers, and can improve their operation based on customer feedback.
CSAs also benefit the larger community in many ways. Far fewer resources are expended when community members purchase their foods from local farms, rather than supermarkets that ship foods long distances. The environment is kept clean and wildlife abundant when farms reduce or eliminate chemical sprays and fertilizers. These family farms preserve a healthy quality of life by using environmentally conscious production practices and strengthen local economies by spending a significant percentage of their budget on other locally owned businesses and services.
What is the Big Deal about GMO and SOY?
Soy is the most frequently sprayed crop with pesticides in the world. Additionally it is very hard on the soil and has become so present in all the food traditional Americans eat that you cant get away from it. It is also a GMO crop which bring the conversation full circle. A GMO crop is one that has been changed by humans. The most common GMO crops are imbedded with genes to withstand constant spraying of the pesticide Glyphosate (roundup). Now that superweeds have found many mechanism naturally to overcome roundup, GMO crops are being developed to withstand even more toxic pesticides by DOW and other toxic chemical producers. In the past, it has been marketed as safe, but new studies show that these pesticides are not safe in the human body and especially not in the quantities Americans consume GMO CORN and SOY. Most animals, even locally sourced ones are fed a GMO diet which means even when you are not eating corn/soy products, you are still ingesting plenty of harmful contaminants. Additionally, Glyphosate cannot be applied to crops in a pure form so inexpensive and highly toxic surfactants are added to the product so it can be applied to large areas through irrigation systems. It is well known in the science community that pesticides and contaminants become concentrated as you move up the food chain of an ecosystem and guess who is at the top. WE ARE!
Why do organic foods (especially Meat/Dairy/Eggs) cost more?
This question is asked all of the time. Through our hard earned income taxes, we all pay for our share of “commodity” crops to be produced. These TAXES primarily goes to Giant Scale Corn and Soy producers and pays for them to farm. When you go to the grocer, you see products that use commodity crops or are fed commodity crops (beef/pork/poultry/milk cows/egg layers) that appear to be cheaper. Additionally these Giant Scale corporations are able to drive down the cost of producing these products at the expense of animal treatment and environment degradation. Animals are locked in very tight spaces by the 10s of 1000s, fed the cheapest and least diverse diet and never live a natural life. These farms often rely heavily on fossil fuels or pay workers very poorly.
Do you want to pay a few bucks more now for chemical free food or healthcare later with diminished quality of life?
Many people have already realized other countries that have a healthy diet of pasture raised meat/dairy/eggs and organically raised Veggies prioritize quality food at the top of their budget concerns and spend a higher percentage of their income on food. They treasure the things you put into your body over those that remain outside of your body. There are trends those countries share including less instance of disease, cancer, obesity and stress.
A Little More About My Practices
Are you organic? I get asked this question a lot. The terms organic, sustainable, biodynamic, permaculture and holistic farming all carry clout in agriculture. Why should someone limit a food system to just choosing one? I believe I have taken the best parts of them and incorporated them in a way that works with my local environment. There are many ways to define organic and many interpretations of the organic practice guidelines. I am not USDA organic certified at this time, because of my size of business, cost of certification and some recent changes I believe to be taking us backwards. Sustainability takes the front seat for me in every decision I make for my farm. That means environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Here is a short list of my personal guidelines, why they are important to me, and examples:
- Grow the soil first - If you did not know, yes you can grow soil. I define soil as not only dirt, but also the vast network of food chains that exist in a soil profile. If you set out to increase organic matter content, microorganism diversity/count, and stable mineral release/input, then you will have a healthy food system! Ex. My goal is to improve organic matter in the soil from les than 1% up to 3.0% in the next 5 seasons through rotational grazing, organic additions, and crop rotation.
- Minimize fossil fuel dependency - This is a huge deal for all of us in terms of availability, price, and the destruction of our shrinking farmable land and most importantly water. Our children will need usable land and drinkable water to improve their future. Ex. Growing species of plants during the fall/winter that do not require additional heat/light sources to grow. I also save my own seeds always use non GMO seeds.
- Minimize life cycle carbon footprint of my products - This is important in removing dependency on factory produced like fertilizers, seeds, feed, etc. Ex. I source all of my fertilizers from organic sources that are within 25 miles of my farm (horse manure, compost, chicken/goat bedding manure, blood/blood meal).
- Integrated Pest Management - I believe that there is no silver bullet when dealing with crop pests and the best way to handle them is by managing the entire system to exclude them. Ex. Scout, Scout, Scout. Know your land and watch them. Early detection makes all the difference. Plant the crop during a time outside of the pest’s cycle. Exclude them with physical covers until their season is over (row, burlap). Create a habitat that is conducive to your pest’s natural enemies. Rotate the location of your plants and its relatives so that pests/weeds can be minimized.
- Use chemicals (including organic herbicides) only when absolutely necessary - I believe we are far to quick to use herbicides/pesticides. These tools should be thought of like 1 tool in a large tool belt. When applying any pest treatment, you must understand that you are shifting to pest population to be resistant. We do not use chemicals on our crops or animals.
- Grow and eat seasonally- Each season has an abundance of wonderful foods and both animals and plants have a primary season. We work with those seasons as much as possible.