The Coloradoan reports that Grant Family Farms filed for bankruptcy in late December. Grant Family Farms was started in 1953 by a Colorado State University professor, Lewis Grant, and his son Andy. The farm, located north of Fort Collins, runs the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the country, providing over 4,500 members with fresh organically grown vegetables during the growing season.
This isn’t the first time that Grant Family Farms has filed for bankruptcy. The farm last filed in February 2007 and before that in April 2006. The ownership and management of the farm are positive about Grant Family Farm’s prospects for emerging from bankruptcy.
The Coloradoan’s report points out that among the farm’s problems is a shortage of labor supply to harvest during the growing season.
In July 2011, Grant Family Farms, as well as farms across the state, were having difficulty filling jobs. Grant Family Farms sent work requests to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, or CDLE, for 50 employees, with zero results, Grant said at the time. Typically the farm employed 300 field workers a year, but had only around 200 in 2011.
At that time, Grant said the losses to the farm would be “substantial” if it could not get more workers.