Evanne Caviness is a proud rancher, business owner, and mother of 6th-generation Coloradoans who has been immersed in agriculture in the Southwestern U.S. since childhood. She works as the Western Organizing Manager for the National Young Farmers Coalition while co-managing Caviness Farms–her regenerative grassfed beef business–alongside her high school sweetheart and husband, Tyson Caviness.
Evanne is trilingual and holds degrees in English, Spanish, and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and Pima Community College. She spent four years as a high school special education teacher before having her two beautiful children. Evanne is passionate about inclusion and equity in agriculture, especially in supporting the needs of beginning farmers and ranchers from historically underserved communities. She currently serves on the state and federal policy committees for the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, the Nourish Colorado Farm Bill Action Committee, and the Farmer Equity Office Coalition in Colorado. Evanne is also a 2023 Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Fellow and a member of Poudre Valley Community Farms.
Land and Water Access – Challenges and Leadership in the Farming Community
Farming and ranching in the West present producers with an array of unique challenges, particularly when it comes to accessing affordable land with the necessary water resources to sustain production. Join us for an interactive roundtable facilitated by farmers and ranchers from Colorado and New Mexico who have stepped into positions of leadership in their communities to implement creative solutions to address their own struggles to attain land and water. Participants will be encouraged to share their own journeys in farming in the drought-ridden West, and can expect to learn how others facing similar challenges have become advocates for innovative land and water access solutions.