Marje Cristol

Position: Meet the Farmer


Marje Cristol

Growing season comes to a close with thoughts on local farmers

I have nibbled on a slice of La Plata County’s agricultural pie, represented by the farmers and ranchers at the Durango Farmers Market.This is just a snapshot, from one angle, of what is most...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Former artist Banga finds beauty coaxing plants out of clay

The food is beautiful: a palette of royal purple beets, red and yellow tomatoes the color of sunset and deep ocean greens.There is artistry in the presentation that grabs your attention as you walk...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

James Ranch owners raise cattle and awareness on sustainability

Add the view of cattle grazing on lush green grass to the red cliffs and meandering waters of the Animas River, and you have the northern gateway to Durango, created by the stewardship of Kay and...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Goats, baking and growing keep Dragonfly Farm buzzing

Teresa Hollar of Dragonfly Farm leads a busy life. She's up early to put bread in the oven, milk goats and tend the garden, and her efforts provide a sustainable living for her family.Luckily,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Blair harvests bounty of local, wild foods - and plants inspiration

At Turtle Lake Refuge, Katrina Blair matches her enthusiasm for teaching with a mission to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.Blair's philosophy is to inspire others...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Isgars branch out with politics, organic food and fiber arts

On a recent Saturday at the Durango Farmers Market, you could find a busy politician shucking corn, a nurse selling her homemade jams and jellies and an occupational therapist greeting...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Coles ranged to warmer pastures with their cattle

Rena and Roger Cole have taken a family tradition of raising breeding stock and transformed the art of ranching into the art of show.Both were born and raised in Durango. Roger's grandfather,...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Halls bought the farm, then brought The Farm to life

Imagine your friendly farmer planting, weeding, harvesting and then cooking your meal for you.Rusty and Laurie Hall of Seven Meadows Farm, on 70 acres in Summit Ridge between Mancos and Dolores,...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Buscaglias of RAS Farm make producing food a family affair

Self-sufficiency is the humble aspiration of Sara and Tom Buscaglia, owners of RAS Farm.Both grew up in Midwestern suburbs, neither one with a farming background. After meeting in Durango in 1998,...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Tierra Madre Herbs owner grew from one packet of basil seeds

Matt Keefauver has a way of adding spice to your life. He does it by handing you a little bit of culinary paradise in a pot.Keefauver is the owner of Tierra Madre Herbs, a small business that he...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Heartwood Farms yields biodynamic bounty

Heartwood Farms is an integrated farming project at Heartwood Co-housing in Bayfield with an aim to provide a food base to its own members and a link to the larger community.The community includes...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

Farmer connects with customers over lambs, goats and eggs

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? At Napier Farms, egg authority Holly Napier will tell you the answer.Napier grew up in Mayday in La Plata Canyon, but was not introduced to farming until...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Meet the Farmer

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