Welcome to the Farm
In the majestic Front Range foothills, nestled amid the bucolic, rolling fields of Niwot is Shepherd Valley Farm. It is there in that serene community-supported agricultural (CSA) space that Lucky’s is currently cultivating its own little slice of horticultural heaven. Bo Sharon, founder and owner of Lucky’s Markets, began sourcing produce locally before it was even a trend. Still a small-scale, independent grocer, Lucky’s had both the flexibility and the ability to cultivate close relationships with local growers like Ollin Farms, Isabelle Farms, Full Circle Farms, and Fresh Herb Co. In fact, Lucky’s Market is the first grocer in the Front Range to commit to sourcing 10 percent of its inventory from local growers and producers. Early in 2013, Lucky’s partnered with The Farmer Cultivation Center in Niwot to grow herbs and vegetables on a one-quarter acre plot sold in-store, in the prepared foods section, and at the Boulder café.
Since Lucky’s produce department is focused on the three key components: local, organic, and value-driven, we passionately believe in getting every staff member’s hands dirty in the soil. It’s impossible to cook great food without great ingredients, and we ensure we put the best into the hands of all our customers.
Lucky’s Farm is located on approximately 3 acres and is located next to the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot. The farm has an intern program where up and coming farmers can work and learn the farming business.
For more information or for a farm tour, please contact us via our contact form.
The Front Range’s only farm incubator, Everybody Eats and the Farmer’s Cultivation Center offers a new generation of farmers the ability to grow healthy, local food. Located in the town of Niwot, Colorado, their partnership with the Shepherd Valley Waldorf School provides a beautiful farm site and a nurturing community, as well as infrastructure to conduct new farmer education.
The farm is a perfect place to learn basic vegetable farming practices while preparing a business plan for new farm operations.
Their philosophy is to integrate a rigorous hands-on farming experience with a broad variety of classroom and self-study lessons that span topics including horticulture, business skills, operational excellence, and innovative marketing. Participants learn all aspects of running a farm business. When they complete the program, the FCC helps them start a new farm in Boulder!
The Farmer’s Cultivation Center has developed a curriculum that integrates existing local expertise with a national knowledge base into a single, comprehensive program designed to qualify graduates for local farming opportunities.
From a small victory garden or a large acreage wholesale operation, students spend quality time in the field working in teams with the farm manager. Self-study topics and classroom time is synchronized with the flow of the farm season to create a relevant link between technical knowledge and practical know-how.