Two Roots Farm is the result of a shared farming passion between Harper Kaufman and Christian La Bar. We are first generation farmers rooted in Colorado's beautiful Roaring Fork Valley. We grow on leased land on the Spradley Farms property. Together, with Mike and Allison Spayd, we partner to produce diverse market vegetables, pasture raised eggs, pasture raised broiler chickens, and honey. 2016 was our first year in production as Two Roots Farm and we have been overwhelmed with community support since.
We, Harper and Christian, began farming together in 2013 as interns through the University of Montana PEAS Farm while we were both pursuing our bachelors degrees. Following graduation, we both apprenticed on Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick, CA. Our experience there convinced us that farming is something we could spend our lives doing and felt we could do some good for the world by starting our own farm one day. We made our way to the Roaring Fork Valley when we were hired as agriculture managers of ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, CO. As we worked with our mentor, Jason Smith, we honed our craft in biologically intensive vegetable production and management intensive animal grazing. From there, we knew we wanted to root ourselves in the Roaring Fork Valley to begin a lifelong journey of feeding the community here.
We have now been farming together for over five years, and have found a true calling in the work. We are excited to share our passions for good food and healthy food systems with you. We love the Roaring Fork Valley and we want to be your farmers!
Please join us in our efforts to build a thriving local food economy.
About your farmers
Harper was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, and she is grateful to call them home once again. Her time spent in Oregon, Montana, and California resulted in a passion for sustainable agriculture and small scale farming (plus the love of her life, Christian). When the opportunity arose, she jumped at the chance to live out their farming dreams in her home state. Christian and Harper were lucky to be hired as agriculture managers for ACES at Rock Bottom Ranch where they saw first hand the need for local vegetable farms in the Roaring Fork Valley. A few years later, through partnerships, support from the community, and a good deal of sweat, Two Roots Farm has become a successful reality.
Its been a windy road coming from his suburban Chicago upbringing to a Colorado market farm. Christian has been Harper's partner in crime since they met at Lewis & Clark College in 2009. After moving to Montana to finish up his degree in Environmental Studies, Christian moved to Northern California with Harper to work the first full farm season. He's been in love ever since. Oh, and the farming was pretty good too.
We cant forget to mention our director of relaxation and rodent control, Mr. Snoopy. If your lucky enough to know him, your lucky enough.