Ensuring the Future of Farming

 

In 1979, Rob and Clare Talbott purchased their first orchard in Palisade, with the hope of relocating from Golden to farm full time. Four decades later, they’ve not only achieved their goal, they’ve also helped ensure that others can follow their footsteps.

“It was working for my cousin, Harry Talbott, in 1979 that got me interested in orchards,” Rob Talbott said.

Gradually Rob and Clare added additional parcels to their C & R Farms, ...

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Treasure in the West Elk Mountains

Photo by Dawn Reeder, Rare Earth Science, LLCIn 1912, Alec McLeod homesteaded a beautiful property on Black Mesa, high above the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A century later, his great-grandson, Tom McLeod, along with his sons, Custer and Levi, carry on the family heritage. They still own and operate Homestead Ranch, which lies along the West Elk & Historic Scenic Byway.

In 2011, the McLeod family protected the original 1,683-acre ...

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Video Depicts Ranch Life In Unaweep Canyon

Jessie and Beeman Casto married in 1952 and worked the land together on the on the property where Beeman grew up.  The Castos didn’t want to see the place that Beeman’s ancestors homesteaded in the 1890s ever developed.  In 2015 they worked with Mesa Land Trust to place a permanent conservation easement on the land, helping assure that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren can keep ranching, deer and elk winter range remains intact, and the vistas of Unaweep Canyon and the habitat along West Creek would never be developed. We hope you enjoy their story!   If you would like to support our work and help Mesa Land Trust raise an additional $35,000 for our 35th anniversary, click here.  

 

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Anna Roehm Lawson and the Heart of a Family Ranch on Pinyon Mesa

One hour from Grand Junction and 15 miles west of the Glade Park Store, a metal gate leads to the original log cabin home of Anna Roehm Lawson, who has lived on this land since she was ten days old. A friendly young hound and an elderly dachshund greet us. Anna is already busy in the kitchen, talking on the phone. She welcomes us into the newest addition to the multi-sectioned log home, where she is surrounded by a variety ...

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Young Farmers: Investing in the Peach Industry

In the fall of 2007, James Sanders was stuck at a railroad crossing in Palisade waiting for a train to pass. He caught sight of the Fruit and Wine Realty office and wandered over to take a look. That night he went home to his wife Laura and said, “I have a crazy idea.” “And I’d been with him long enough to know that if he said he had a crazy idea, it was going to be really crazy,” added ...

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Field to Fork CSA: Local Agriculture in the Grand Valley

Scott and Jessica Washkowiak know the importance of conservation to the future of farming.  In 2012, the young couple, who operate Field to Fork CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), began working conserved land owned by two of Mesa Land Trust’s founders, Mike and Blakely Mechau, near Palisade.

In 2005, the Mechaus placed a conservation easement on 20 acres of farm land through the Mesa Land Trust. This conservation easement ensures that this acreage will always be used for farming and will never ...

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