Brendon Rockey

Biotic Farmer

Brendon Rockey is a biotic farmer in Colorado showing producers across the globe how to end their chemical dependencies.

Brendon's approach focuses on life. He uses biological inputs like companion crops, soil amendments, livestock, cover crops and flowers to replace synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. At 7,600 feet above sea level and under long term drought conditions, his 500 acre farm sustains yields, has greater water efficiency and it supports a flourishing ecosystem encouraging beneficial insects, soil microbes and carbon cycling.

In addition to managing the farm's annual potato crop, he grows quinoa, flax and lentils, and welcomes bees and livestock into his biotic farming system.

Rockey Farms also produces year-round certified seed in a greenhouse with biological enhanced potting soil and flowering companion crops for insect management.

The National Potato Council honored Rockey Farms with the 2014 NPC Environmental Stewardship Award. In  2011, the  Colorado Association of Conservation Districts presented the farm with the Farming Division Conservationist of the Year Award for its practices.

Brendon also holds individual honors for his innovative ideas and dedication to education. He spearheaded a Future Farmers of America potato seed growing program in 2015 and is a 2016 National Association of Conservation Districts Soil Health Champion.

He also speaks about his approach with producers across the nation, participates in soil health events throughout the year and serves on numerous boards.

2014 NPC Environmental Stewardship Award

 

Brendon and Sheldon Rockey of Rockey Farms in Center, CO were the recipients of the 2014 National Potato Council Environmental Stewardship Award.

This award is a component of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, a partnership between the National Potato Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to protect the environment and promote the safe and effective use of pesticides. The National Potato Council partnered with DuPont Crop Protection, who are the primary sponsor of the annual award and  were responsible for the production of this video.