Grants and Donations

We wanted to express our deepest gratitude to High Mountain Health and The American Farmland Trust for each donating $1000 to our nonprofit and for supporting our mission. Thank you for believing in us and for promoting local, organic, healthy produce that builds and strengthens our community.

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USDA Grant

Thanks to Greg and the USDA Rural Energy for America Program for finding value in our recent grant application. This program “provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.” We recently installed an 11.4 kW solar system on our barn thanks to Prometheus Solar and the REAP Program reimbursed us $12,739!  This will reduce our energy bills allowing us to reallocate money towards a future farm manager position.

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Grant Support

The Flagstaff EcoRanch extends our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Ginger Giovale for the donation of $3000 to support the Flagstaff EcoRanch during the COVID pandemic. As many families, organizations, and businesses struggle day to day or even hour to hour, we are privileged and overwhelmingly appreciative to have this support. We are figuring out how best to utilize these funds so we can make the greatest impact in our community. Please stay tuned for more updates.

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Garden Starts for Sale

Hello all,

In our planning to upscale our CSA and utilize every square inch of the greenhouse, we have lots of extra garden starts available for those of you looking to bulk up your gardens….or get them started now. Help support local agriculture, education, and WIC.

Small $5 Medium $8 Large $12


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Fall CSA Share – Get Yours Now!

We are still signing people up for our Student Led CSA for the Fall Season. Support education, the environment, and your community by supporting Flagstaff’s only Student Led CSA.

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Flagstaff EcoRanch – Student Led CSA 2019

Hey there EcoRanchers!

By signing up for our 2019 CSA, you provide opportunities for Flagstaff students to learn about sustainable agriculture, their community, environmental science, biology, leadership, and business development. You can also support local families in need by buying partial shares that we will donate to WIC (Women Infants and Children Program) of Coconino County. In return, you will receive, healthy, organic produce grown in Baderville each week. The production is overseen by our new farm manager, Sara, and provides hands on learning opportunities interns from NAU and students from K-12 schools. screen shot 2019-01-22 at 3.57.40 pm

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Vote EcoRanch #1

Hi All,

Please vote for the Flagstaff EcoRanch on the Cultivating Change website to win $10,000 to build an irrigation pond and put in a yurt foundation.

Follow this link:

  1. Search for Flagstaff EcoRanch
  2. Click on vote
  3. Enter your email
  4. Check your email for the verification link and click on that link
  5. Repeat on your phone and with different browsers on your computer everyday until the end of January.
  6. Vote again after 24 hours.

Thanks for all your support in our mission and goals!

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Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday and it’s nearing the end of the year. Give back to your community and help your taxes at the same time! We’ve given hours to our community and we hope to keep making positive change. The greenhouse is growing, we’re planning for the 2019 CSA and food donations, and looking for more students to get involved. Thanks to all of you who have supported us over the years and through this GoFundMe.

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Fundraising and Partime Farm Manager

Hello Again all.

After a year “off” or should I say a year with a new baby, trying to grow food as best as possible, and still giving tours and presentations, we are in the planning phase for 2019.

We recently started an advisory board to brainstorm ideas and help guide us into the future. More info on these amazing, energetic individuals soon.

We started a GoFundMe account and are hoping to raise $20,000 to help pay for our first employee, start a program for minority high school students interested in sustainability and sustainable agriculture, and to purchase supplies to grow in our neighbor’s 1,000 ft2 greenhouse. We are building beds right now and have already sowed one bed with a variety of crops to see how they hold up against the cold night time temps.  Please help us spread the word and consider donating to our our efforts:

The farm manager will be a part time position and will be in charge of managing the field and greenhouse, a 30-40 share CSA that will again support Women Infants and Children program here in Coconino County, sell produce to a few local restaurants, and help the diector teach and schedule our interns. If you know of anyone interested in a farm manager position, please refer them to our job description below and have them apply.

Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts and for your continued support.

Position Description:

This will be a paid, ten-month (February through November), part time position. Weekly hours may vary depending on needed tasks. The farm manager will be expected to manage plant health, soil health, pests, weekly tasks for interns, intern schedules, data collection, and harvests.

Position Goals:

  • Successfully run a CSA (up to 40 shares) by growing in a 1,000 ft2 greenhouse and 15 hoop houses
  • Grow produce for local restaurants
  • Communicate progress via social media (FB, WordPress, Twitter)
  • Develop the program’s success so the position remains economically self-sufficient
  • Educate interns on self-sufficiency, agriculture, and other biology related topics

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience working on a farm or direct agricultural experience OR
  • Degree in agriculture, botany, or related field and 1 year working on a farm or direct agricultural experience

Preferred Skills:

  • Planning, evaluating, and organizing plant production schedule
  • Pest and disease management skills and the ability to solve these problems quickly
  • Manage schedules and provide leadership for up to five interns
  • Communicate and promote EcoRanch’s mission and core values to the community
  • Effectively communicate monthly progress through writing on social media
  • Update and maintain accurate farm records and reports using Word and Excel

Job Requirements:

  • 20 hours/week (although it may fluctuate between 15 and 30 hours/week)
  • Valid driver’s license, clean record, and reliable transportation


  • $7,500 + $1,000 bonus upon completion of the term
  • Produce for the duration of the position (equivalent to ~$2,000)
  • Two weeks paid vacation


  • Applications accepted until Dec 1st
  • Interviews conducted week December 8th
  • Position chosen week of Dec 15th

Please send a resume and cover letter to

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2017 Achievements

Happy 2018 to you all!

2017 started with an exciting new plan to develop a student driven, collaborative CSA that was affordable and contributed to our community in positive ways.  We partnered with Tree A’Lolly farms in Doney Park and the Women Infants and Children program of Coconino County.  Ten people signed up for our trial year and we had plans to donate to WIC. What an exciting and stressful experience.  Every week, we marveled at what was coming out of the ground, while worrying if everything was going to grow or if we would have enough food for the shares.  Is there enough variety?  Will people know what to do with the produce?  Are people going to be sick of lettuce?  Better yet, when will people get sick of lettuce?

Looking back, we hardly had anything to worry about.  We had an abundance of produce!  We grew over 1600 pounds and of that, donated 550 to WIC.  Our shares averaged 5.5 pounds each and we offered 70 different fruits, veggies, teas, herbs, and flowers as part of the share.

We were certified as a Sustainable Project and Community Partner with Coconino County. We gave tours to the greater Flagstaff community through the Garden Ninjas, Sustainable Homes Tour, and 15 different classes and school groups ranging from elementary through college aged.  We visited five classrooms to give presentations about the EcoRanch.  In all, we had direct contact with approximately 450 individuals.  We collaborated with two river guides who worked for AZRA (a local rafting company) and collected 425 pounds of compost from five river trips. The guides were able to teach approximately 100 clients about the importance and ease of composting. We educated 750 tourists about sustainable living and water, energy, and resource conservation through ecotourism with our student designed, self-guided tours and educational packets, a requirement of each intern and capstone group.

We were able to secure $3500 in grants from Flagstaff Foodlink and the WWOOF organization that allowed us to upgrade to a more efficient irrigation system, further reducing our water use, and create a safer working environment onsite through electrical upgrades in the barn.  Thanks to Warner’s and Goodman Electric for their assistance on these projects! Inside the house, we installed a high efficiency wood stove to further reduce our dependency on fossil fuels, switched to LED lights in all light fixture, two more energy star fans to help circulate warm air in winter.   And finally, we offset our water, electricity, and fuel use through Terra Pass (it cost $200 for the year) and we encourage you to do the same.

If anyone is interested in helping fund our organization so we can maintain an upward trajectory and continue to support sustainable education in Flagstaff while growing healthy, affordable produce for our community, we would appreciate your generosity.  You can send us a check, donate through Paypal, or contact us via phone or email to make arrangements and we will send you a donation letter for your tax records.

Below are some photos and a quick summary of 2017 in numbers.


  • 11,024 volunteer hrs since 2012 valued at $121,264.
    • 1852 hrs in 2017
  • WWOOFers – 41 total since 2012
  • 456 hrs educational presentations/workshops/tours
    • 84 in 2017
  • Hosted 26 interns since 2012
    • 9 in 2017
  • Supported 21 capstone students at NAU since 2012
    • 8 in 2017
  • Tours and presentations to 450 individuals
  • Outreach to 750 tourists staying in our Educational Airbnb


  • 2413 lbs produce
  • 647 lbs – Nonprofits and underserved populations
  • 695 lbs – Local business
  • 2949 – Local eggs
  • Student driven, collaborative CSA provided 1134 lbs of produce and donated 554 lbs to families through WIC


  • 35,817 gallons saved and reused since 2012 (with 4550 rainwater gallon storage)
  • Showers (402 gal 2017)
  • Toilets (1902 gal 2017)
  • Grey water system (3976 gal 2017)


  • Trash Production – 0.76 lbs/person/day (4.4 lbs/person/day Ave American)
  • Compost Collection – 425 pounds collected from AZRA and 1020 pounds from ITEP employees


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