Agriculture

Montezuma County hears offer to continue funding CSU Extension

Montezuma County commissioners are reconsidering their preliminary decision to defund the Colorado State University Extension office, which includes the popular 4-H program. The commissioners said...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Granny Smiths are late bloomers in Cortez

The Brunk family’s 1-year-old apple tree, from Four Season Greenery and Nursery, blossomed last week. By Monday, snow was back in the forecast. In what is called a “rat-tail bloom,” the tree has...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores to host downtown Harvest Festival and Apple Orchard Social

The third annual Dolores Harvest Festival and Apple Orchard Social will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Flanders Park in Dolores. Locally grown produce and meat will be for sale, and...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op lands USDA promotion grant

The Mancos-based Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that its leaders hope will help it expand and become self-sustaining. On Monday, general...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County votes to stop funding CSU Extension Office in Cortez

The Montezuma County Commission voted this week to defund the Colorado State University Extension Office in Cortez, saying it has lost confidence in the program. The office, located downstairs in...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Freeze warning issued for Southwest Colorado

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for much of the Western Slope beginning Sunday night, as temperatures drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s. Locations in Southwest Colorado...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who will be next generation’s farmers?

Gunther Ott is part of America’s next generation of farmers and ranchers. He is the first of the third generation to continue the agricultural stewardship of the James Ranch. Ott, 24, manages...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

James Ranch, north of Durango, receives approval for expansion

Expect more events, a new restaurant, bakery and expanded tours at the James Ranch. Last week, the La Plata County Planning Commission unanimously approved an application from the James family for...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Talk about town: Post office ramps up stamp sale for breast cancer research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Durango Post Office will increase its fundraising efforts to support breast cancer research through a stamp sale. Since it was first issued in 1998,...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talk about town: La Plata County farms earn special state designation

Three La Plata County farms received Centennial Farm designation from History Colorado at the state fair on Friday. The Colorado Centennial Farms program recognizes the important role agriculture...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farms drawing diners who eat near fields that produced food

CAMBRIDGE, Vt. What was once a smattering of farms offering expensive dinners within view of the fields where the food was raised, has sprouted into popular summer and fall events that run the...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Food