Farms

Perennial day lilies flourish as heat recedes

By Gail Vanik Although the weather has begun to cool down, planting season hasn’t ended, and the arrival of cooler temps mean that it’s a great time to plant perennials. Perennials have risen in...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

Old Fort at Hesperus offers online auction

The Old Fort at Hesperus recently launched an online silent auction to benefit its Farmer in Training Program. The program allows prospective farmers to co-manage a plot of land with assistance...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Hemp study for animal feed heads to Colorado governor

DENVER — Colorado livestock could be eating hemp under a bill that awaits the governor’s signature. The state House voted 63-0 Friday to direct the Colorado Department of Agriculture to study the...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Locals offer trusty advice for the new small farmer

I was skimming through some 1980 Small Farmer’s Journals recently before consigning them to the recycle bin, when an article on how to become a small-scale farmer caught my eye.Much of it seemed...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

U.S. aid to county farms hits $1.4M

U.S. Department of Agriculture census data revealed that government payouts to Montezuma County farmers increased more than 130 percent during a 10-year span, from less than $600,000 in 2002 to...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The farmers who made the market

If gardens could talk, they might have a thing or two to tell us.Perhaps they’d impart some friendly advice about which plants get along and which ones need to be kept away from each other. Maybe...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Parsnippet

What's at stake if Congress cuts methane regs

By Jonathan ThompsonHigh Country NewsIn the 1880s, farmers on Colorado’s Front Range got fired up about— what else? Water. Their irrigation water came from Clear Creek, a stream that gets its start...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hemp studies yield improved crop in Yellow Jacket

Malt barley and industrial hemp are being studied at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket as alternative crops for the area.This is the second year the Colorado State...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senator Gardner tours local bee farm

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner visited a commercial honey operation in Lewis Tuesday as part of a statewide agriculture tour that began this week in partnership with the Colorado Farm Bureau. “We’re...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax credit seeks to help young farmers

A new state tax credit is seeking to ease one of the largest barriers for prospective farmers, the price of land. “As expensive as land is, it’s very, very difficult for a young farmer to buy land...

DATE: June 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

The ebb and flow of beans in Montezuma County, Part 3

The first two articles in this series covered the bean industry from the 1890s through 1940. This third, and final, piece will cover from the late 1930s to the present. The focus will be on roads,...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Looking back

Can food hubs boost rural farming economies?

Dan Hobbs farms 30 acres of land east of Pueblo, Colorado. For years, he spent weekends traveling hours to farmers markets to sell his produce, always losing a day in the fields and returning home...

DATE: April 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture