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To ensure agriculture thrives as a vibrant core of our Valley.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to preserve agriculture in the Yampa Valley by initiating and supporting programs and policies that benefit and connect producers, consumers, and the community.
Our vision is that the Yampa Valley agricultural community is resilient, active, and vital for generations to come.


  • A commitment to agriculture is the core of our existence
  • The credibility of our organization is paramount
  • We treasure our heritage while adapting to the future
  • We honor diverse perspectives
  • Together we achieve more

What We Do & How We Do It

We provide leadership, education, and programs that promote agriculture and connect the shared interests of our Valley by:

  • Enhancing and promoting local agriculture: food, fiber, products, and services
  • Providing resources, advocacy, and support for local agriculture
  • Fostering meaningful connections between agriculture and our community

Ensuring the vitality and continuity of agriculture in the Yampa Valley is our primary focus.
Through actions and programs we lead Community to grow Agriculture and to create Alliance among individuals with shared passions and goals.

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The Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) is a Colorado incorporated, non-profit community organization serving Routt County and the Yampa River Valley. The CAA was established in 1999 to ensure that the agricultural community can adapt to changes in the local and regional economy and still be active and vital in the Yampa River Valley for generations to come.

The Yampa Valley is truly a unique place. We have a rich history of cattle and sheep ranching, dating from the 1870s, with many of the ranches still in continuing family ownership. We have a deep economic base of coal mining with a heritage of gold and silver mining. We are located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and are blessed with abundant scenery and wildlife that provides a strong recreational economy. We are also home to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, an internationally acclaimed ski and snowboard area, which provides a strong resort and service economy. All segments of the area are dependent upon each other for economic survival because of soaring land prices, continual residential and commercial growth and the desire to maintain the rural way of life. The challenge is to intermingle all of the players in northwest Colorado to assure that the amenities that we so love will exist for generations to come.

CAA Board & Staff

2023 Board of Directors

  • Colby Townsend, Co-Chair
  • Megan Knott, Secretary
  • Cebric Damby, Treasurer
  • Joella West
  • Greg Brown
  • CJ Mucklow
  • Kent Sandstedt
  • Claire Sollars
  • Eric Wellman
  • Conni Robertson

2023 Advisory Committee

  • Carol Atha
  • Kyle Bond
  • Tiffany Carlson
  • Kristi Doran
  • Todd Hagenbuch
  • Chereen Leong Schwarz
  • Sonja Macys
  • Suzie Wyman
  • Clinton Whitten

Michele Meyer


Michele has worked at CAA since 2010 and assumed the Executive Director role in 2018. She brings over 20 years of professional fund raising and marketing experience to the CAA. Michele previously worked for United Way, Hospice of Larimer County and has her own business as a personal trainer/yoga instructor, she is also a part time ski instructor  With a diverse background, Michele comments, “I am honored to be a part of the Community Agriculture Alliance. I truly believe in the organizations’ mission of preserving, promoting and supporting agriculture.  One of the main reasons I moved here, and I think a very common one, is the scenic working landscapes and heritage of agriculture.  The natural beauty of the area and the scenic views that rural agriculture provide are critical to keeping the Yampa Valley so unique and special.  I truly believe the mission of CAA is critical to the fabric of our community.”
Contact Michele at michele@communityagalliance.org

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Patrick Stanko


Patrick is a fourth-generation rancher on a local Yampa Valley ranch that has been in the family for more than 100 years. After a 20-year hiatus from the Valley, while gaining his Engineering degree and working in the business world, Patrick moved back to the ranch in 2013. Starting work for the CAA in 2018 Patrick is dedicated to the work of promoting agriculture in the Yampa Valley. As the Agriculture Resource Coordinator, Patrick will continue the water education programs and outreach for agriculture in the Yampa Valley.
Contact Patrick at patrick@communityagalliance.org

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Olivia Goldsworthy


Olivia’s interest in working with non-profits started with her involvement with Real Food Generation and Food Recovery Network in college. Olivia enjoys creative problem-solving and is excited support a vital Yampa Valley agricultural community with her role at CAA. Her previous development experience has included Princeton Nursery School, C-Change Conversations, U.S. Coalition on Sustainability, and Help a Diabetic Child. Olivia received her B.A. in Sustainability Studies at Colorado Mountain College and has also pursued certificate coursework in Fundraising and Development from the University of California Davis. She has lived and worked in the Yampa Valley for 10 years and when not working, she can be found rowing her boat on the Yampa, enjoying an après ski session with friends, or giving belly rubs to her dog Gracie May.
Contact Olivia at olivia@communityagalliance.org


Katie Stanhope

CAA Market Manager

Katie moved to Steamboat with her family in 2009, and after growing up in the valley, developed a strong sense of pride and loyalty to the community. Her passion for agriculture and the local food system was ignited in 2015 after her first season selling produce at the farmer’s market. Since then, Katie has spent years working for local farmers and ranchers, raised her own pigs, and is actively pursuing a B.S. in Agriculture Business. Katie began working for the Community Agriculture Alliance in 2021 because it was the perfect place to combine her love for the community and her passion for agriculture. “I’m grateful and proud to be a part of the CAA. The best parts of my job are the producers, building connections with members, and helping the CAA Market grow. My coworkers aren’t half-bad either :)” When Katie is not at the Market, you can find her and Ruby enjoying a beer with pals, hiking, or studying.
Contact Katie at katie@communityagalliance.org


Lucas Morter


Born and raised outside of town in Steamboat Springs, Lucas was always surrounded by farms which sparked his interest in local agriculture. Starting at the age of ten, he participated in the local Routt county 4-H program which taught him a lot about how much time and effort goes into growing the food that you can buy at the grocery store. It also taught him about how much better it can be for you depending on what you feed your animals and how they are taken care of. Working at the CAA Market is a great way for Lucas to see old friends from 4-H while still being connected to the community through agriculture. Outside of working at the CAA Market you can find him skiing, floating down the river, and hanging out with his friends.


Bob Masyczek


Bob fully retired to Steamboat Springs in the summer of 2020.  But, he decided to join CAA on a part-time basis in summer of 2023 because he strongly believes in CAA’s mission of promoting local agriculture. 

In his previous careers, Bob was a Napa winemaker for just over 25 years, making wine for brands such as Grgich Hills Cellars, Clos Pegase, and Beaulieu Vineyard.  He also spent 10 years as a financial advisor in Napa.  But, in 2020, fires, earthquakes, and rolling electrical blackouts in Napa convinced him and his wife Robin to move to their current residence in old town Steamboat. It was an easy choice to leave Napa, as Robin bought the Steamboat home in 1989.

Bob likes to say that he has “repurposed”, not retired.  In his spare time, you can find Bob fly fishing or possibly in the kitchen where Bob loves to cook.