Ela Family Farms, Hotchkiss, CO
January, 2017 – January, 2022
Mr. Ela is a partner and manager of Silver Spruce Partners, dba Ela Family Farms; a certified organic farm and fruit orchard since 1996 and 100% certified since 2004. The operation is also certified for the processing and handling of organic applesauce, dried fruit, and other fruit products. He has served as a Consultant to Gerber Products Co., been an organizer for several National Organic Tree Fruit Research Symposiums and participated in and written grants for numerous research projects. Mr. Ela has a Master’s in Soil Science, and has served on a wide variety of Boards and Advisory Committees addressing food and agriculture issues nationally, regionally, and locally.