agriculture

Cara Pallone, KOTO

San Miguel County – which hovers around 8,000 people and is tucked into the Southwest corner of Colorado – can best be described as a “tale of two counties.” Cara Pallone of K-O-T-O Radio and Western Slope Resources Reporting, explains how a new farm to community food share program serves as a bridge between communities.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


Raleigh Burleigh

Paonia celebrated the 4th Annual Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo on Saturday, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Peter Kolbenschlag, the event’s founder, about the region’s evolving economy.

Raleigh Burleigh

 


Colorado Rocky Mountain School is doubling the acreage to be cultivated by the private school’s garden program. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with garden director Heather McDermott, director of finance Joe White, and garden assistant Kallie Hyer to learn more.

Ten Can

During the 1st Annual Entrepreneur and Investor Confluence, organized by Glen X, local restaurant owner Lacy Hughes announced her plans for the building formerly known as Six89. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

H2O Radio, Ltd.

"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government. H2O Radio has the story.

National Young Farmers Coalition

 

Colorado law makers are considering a bill that would provide funding for farming and ranching internships. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Alex Funk, Western Policy Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, to learn more.

Jetsetting Family


Agrotourism is becoming a popular source of economic revenue throughout the world. Cedar Ridge Ranch seeks to promote the practice within Garfield County. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Merrill Johnson to learn more.

Viva la Vida Foundation

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Caren von Gontard shares about the Viva la Vida Foundation and their plans for establishing a school of spiritual agriculture in Colorado.

Haley Thompson, Tomas Zuccareno

Stephanie's guests are filmmakers Haley Thompson and Tomas Zuccareno and their new film How We Grow, which was a part of this year's 5 Point Film Fest.