Erin Kuhlman, Co-President
Erin Kuhlman is an urban grower, local partnered nutritionist with Cooly LLC and works at local Colorado pack company, Osprey. She strongly advocates for nutrition, agriculture and conservation to locals in Montezuma County. Erin believes that every individual participates in our food system as a means of a connection to agriculture and believes we should advocate in a variety of ways for our farmers and consumers in these present systems. During Erin’s studies, she conducted research on the Front Range of Colorado on heritage grains, food deserts as well as work with Olympic athletes on local farms. Erin has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. She also serves as President of the Four Corners Farmers and Ranchers-Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Chapter and on the Southwest Colorado Cycling Association Board.
Hana Fullmer, Co-President
Hana Fullmer owns and operates Tierra Vida Farm with her husband Daniel. The farm is located on the Florida river between Durango and Bayfield where they grow diversified vegetables and raise laying hens & mangalitsa pigs. Originally from rural Wisconsin, Hana grew up growing food, planting trees, and spending lots of time in nature. She came to farming through a personal health crisis that opened her eyes to the connection between how food is grown and human health. Before farming full time, Hana worked as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner. She is passionate about growing nutrient dense food and providing it directly to her local community.
Chuck McAfee, Treasurer
Chuck was born in Cortez, grew up in Lewis and graduated from M-CHS. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Colorado and then at Stanford University. His professional career was with Hewlett-Packard. Chuck and his wife MB returned to Southwest Colorado in 1998 to become re-engaged with their home community. They are living on the dryland farm where Chuck’ grandparents homesteaded and began farming more than 100 years ago. They are implementing a long-term project to convert their farmland to native and introduced grasses for livestock forage. Their priorities are healthy soils, healthy grass, happy rancher. His favorite pastimes are conversation, laughing, and attempting to keep up with friends on local mountain bike trails.
Emily Lockard, Secretary
Emily Lockard moved to Montezuma County in 2018 after working as an agriculture extension agent in Pueblo, Colorado and Bozeman, Montana. She is a research associate at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO. Her background is in range science and animal science, but has worked with a diversity of agricultural operations during her 9 years with Extension. She is happy to be back in Colorado and looks forward to collaborating with and supporting local agriculture producers.
Cindy Dvergsten, Board Member
Cindy has served as a director with Four Corners Rocky Mountain Farmers Union since 2011, including serving as president. Growing up on a berry farm in Minnesota, Cindy has been a lifelong farmer. With her husband Mike, she operates Arriola Sunshine Farm north of Cortez. She began selling at the Cortez Farmers Market in 1987 and continued to raise leaf lettuce and other products from a market garden for 25 years. They also have raised heritage turkeys and at one time had 200 laying hens. Currently Cindy and Mike manage a flock of 35 registered Navajo-Churro Sheep. Practicing holistic grazing planning, they have witnessed a doubling in the productivity in their pastures. They believe that managing with a whole-farm approach is essential to the success in today’s changing world.
Tyler Hoyt, Board Member
Tyler and his wife Kendra have owned and managed Green Table Farm in Mancos, CO since 2014. They grow vegetables and fruit, keep a large flock of layer hens, and raise hogs and goats for meat. They sell their products at the Durango and Mancos Farmers markets, as well as through local restaurants and grocery stores. Kendra also runs a local food truck, Green Table Cafe, where her and her business partner create farm-to-table cuisine for local events. Their first child was born in 2018 and they are counting the days until he can run the farm instead of terrorize it.
Mike Nolan, Board Member
Mike Nolan grew up in California and attended the Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems Apprenticeship in 2006 and 2007. He has farmed in California, New Mexico and in Southwest Colorado for the past eight years. He mentors beginning farmers in the region as well as teaches agriculture classes in the winter. Mike owns and operates Mountain Roots Produce in Mancos, Colorado with Mindy Perkovich.
Jay Loschert, Board Member
Jay Loschert works at Montezuma Land Conservancy, managing their educational farm and coordinating outreach programs. Fozzie’s Farm offers local teachers, interns, researchers, and conservation partners hands-on learning experiences. Jay moved to Montezuma County in the spring of 2000 after teaching and living on the nearby Navajo Nation for nine years. In 2011 his passion for running rivers led him to work to raise awareness about the issues facing the Dolores River. He helped start a local grassroots group, Dolores River Boating Advocates, and he currently serves on their board of directors. He also serves on the advisory board of the Southwestern Colorado Research Center. In addition to messing about in boats, Jay enjoys climbing mountains, wandering canyons, mountain biking, yoga, and skiing. If he can convince his two kids to join him on adventures, he’s an especially happy camper.