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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