Western San Miguel and Montrose Counties, which edge up against the Utah border in a vast patchwork of red rock canyons, juniper forests and sage-covered mesas, are better known for their extractive pasts than their fruit production.
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.” But a new farm-to-community food-share program serves as a bridge between communities.
Feature: Farm-to-Community in Southwestern Colorado
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.
Managing Water and Resources at the Ute Mountain Farm and Ranch Enterprise