Bruce Talbott elected president of CFVGA
One of Colorado’s true fruit-growing pioneer companies, Talbott’s Mountain Gold, based in Palisade, CO, started on the Western Slope in 1907 when Bruce Talbott’s great-great-great grandfather Joseph Yeager pursued his dream of moving west and settled in the high altitude scenic Grand Valley of Colorado’s Western Slope. Today the operation, still family-owned, has more than 500 acres in production.
Talbott was elected as president of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association earlier this year when then-president Robert Sakata was appointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board and stepped down from the CFVGA. The Palisade grower had been a member of the CFVGA board since its first board members was seated in February 2015, and he also served a term as secretary.
“Robert had been our president since the founding of the organization,” Talbott said. “His leadership and commitment to assuring CFVGA would survive and thrive has been very important to getting us to where we are.”
Currently the association has about 250 members, “including all categories of membership,” said Marilyn Bay Drake, executive director of the CFVGA. She added, “Colorado has a short season but an amazing range of produce,” and she said buyers can find the full gamut at the CFVGA website. The list shows 44 different produce items raised in the state.
To market that broad selection, CFVGA has a number of campaigns in motion, including ongoing bus tours and “Day in the Life of a Farmer,” which Drake said will extend into 2022.
“We also count our website with the Colorado produce calendar, the Find Colorado Produce tool and other consumer resources as part of our ongoing marketing,” she said. “In addition, we hope to resume attendance at meetings such as the Colorado Farm Show and other events around the state in 2022. We distribute news releases and have regular slots on radio programs.”
The annual CFVGA Conference, which is held in February-March, was a virtual event this year, and Drake said, “Thanks to CFVGA Conference Chair Adrian Card, we had a very robust virtual platform that allowed many of the features of a live event. People are anxious to return to the live conference, and due to the popularity in 2021 of the virtual event, it will be hybrid in 2022 with virtual option offered.”