Prairie dogs aggravate ranchers across La Plata County

As the prairie dog population in La Plata County rises and wreaks havoc on landowners, the presence of the often-reviled rodent has some hoping for an unconventional solution: the plague. “They are...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

CSU Extension looking for volunteers for local advisory committee

The Montezuma County CSU Extension office is open for volunteers to serve on its local advisory committee. The advisory committee is a group composed primarily of individuals outside the...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Farmers Market profile: Peak Season Farms delivers year-round

Peak Season Farms in Hesperus takes a unique approach to growing produce all year long. Owner Wendy Wyatt said Peak Season vegetables are all organic, and grown indoors in a vertical hydroponic...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Allison farmers grow, roast green chiles

With names such as Big Jim and Miss Junie, a casual listener could have mistaken last weekend’s kickoff of the Ignacio Green Chile Fest as an entirely social affair. But Big Jim and Miss Junie...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

For Colorado farmers in crisis, a new hotline offers hope

DENVER — “The agricultural economic crisis is real. The resulting stress is real. Let’s TALK about it.” That’s the pitch on the Colorado Department of Agriculture website for a new program aimed at...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

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

American AgCredit office celebrates 100 years

Nearly two dozen farmers and ranchers signed up for a loan in La Plata County in March 1917, forming a branch of the Progressive Farm Loan Association. One hundred years later, the association is...

DATE: July 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

MORP hosts tree sale and fundraiser

The Journal Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project hosts a heritage apple tree sale and fundraiser on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 17312 County Road G in McElmo Canyon, according to a news release...

DATE: June 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Traveling AmeriCorps crew helps gardens grow at Old Fort, Manna

A team of 11 young adults is helping Southwest Colorado build infrastructure to achieve the goal of local food security. On April 11, a crew with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

AmeriCorps team improves Old Fort facilities

An 11-person AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team arrived April 11 to upgrade facilities of the Old Fort at Hesperus, 18683 Colorado Highway 140, for food security, educational and...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Cortez Farmers Market opens registration for returning vendors

As the Cortez Farmers Market prepares to open for business, registration has already opened for returning vendors. The market, which includes produce sellers from Montezuma and Dolores counties,...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Montezuma orchard project plants trees at CSU research station

The Colorado State University research station in Yellow Jacket is joining the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project’s efforts to bring apple production back to the region. On Thursday more than 20...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

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