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The next iteration: CSA Garden Lease opportunity!

On the heels of a very successful growing season here at Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery, when we for the first time were able to employ four paid employees (two on the farm, two in the bakery), we’re going to offer yet another opportunity for some budding farmer.

We know you’re out there: the farmer who’s been through the training rigors of apprentice or internship programs; the farmer who’s been employed on a farm somewhere on this planet; the farmer who wants to seriously pursue organic farming but doesn’t have the means to either buy land or doesn’t have the opportunity to join forces with their families or other partners. The farmer, clearly, who wants more responsibility without the attendant capital risks.

To that end, we’re going to lease our CSA garden for this growing season. This is a 1.5 acre bio-intensive garden that’s been feeding as many 70 households for the past 14 years. We served 55 households last summer and about 21 this fall. The soils are rich and fertile, the infrastructure is in place, the business plan is intact, our customers are all very satisfied and the region is hungry for more agricultural economic stimulus.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Read on for more details.

A view of the garden in mid July. The garlic bed is in the forefront of the photo.

Right off the bat, let’s be clear that this is an opportunity for a farmer with experience. You will be paying your salary from farm revenues; this is not an apprentice or employee type arrangement! You’re your own boss. It’s your business plan (though we highly recommend continuing the successful CSA program) and it’s your budget. It’s your hiring decisions for fellow farmers and/or interns, it’s your work scheduling, it’s your garden plan (of course, we’d be happy to provide some assistance here). Your inherent risk is that you won’t make a dime by the end of the summer. We seriously doubt you won’t be successful if you know what you’re doing.

The other very important prerequisite is that you have experience growing in climates with short frost-free growing seasons. Because of our 7000′ altitude in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, we have about 100 days when it’s highly unlikely (though not impossible) that there will be a killing freeze or frost. This implies that you have more than a few season extending tricks up your sleeves.

Read on if you’ve made the cut so far.

The vegetable production is part of a holistic, farmer­-owned enterprise that includes pastured poultry and a thriving bakery. The successful applicant will be working in concert with the other enterprises on the farm. The lease includes a fenced garden, two hoophouses, tools, a drip irrigation system, a BCS walking tractor with several implements, a walk­-in cooler and a distribution shed. The owners of the farm will also be available for consultation and advice (we will continue farming, focusing on pastured poultry, the layer hens, the bakery and all other enterprises!). Housing options exist on or off the farm. The nine­-month renewable lease runs from March through November.

The lease price is $1,200 per month. The lease runs from mid-March until mid-November.

If interested, please send a letter of interest, with a resume and two references to indianridgegranola@gmail.com

We are confident this turn­key operation is setup so the leaseholder enjoys success. Won’t you join us in stewarding a healthy relationship with the soil and the regional community?

FALL 2017 CSA SIGNUPS NOW AVAILABLE!

We are happy to announce that Anne LeFevre will be gardening through the fall season, offering a delicious and nutritious weekly basket of Indian Ridge Farm organic produce for seven weeks. Your weekly box can also include eggs and/or pastured, organic chickens. You can decide to configure your box in whatever combination fits your households needs.

Friday deliveries are available to Telluride, or boxes will be available for pickup at the farm.

For more information, click here.

Thank you for your continued support of LOCAL AGRICULTURE!

Now is the time to order your delicious grass-fed turkey!

One of our many grass fed birds.

That’s right folks, these beautiful grass-fed, organically grown, non GMO birds are available right now here through our online meat order form or by calling us at 970-327-0336.  These birds are being processed now until October and will be ready for your freezer before October 7th.  Thats our season for raising grass-fed birds at 7000 feet.  If we waited until Thanksgiving they’d be trying to live and grow in snow covered pastures.

Be sure to give us your name and contact information as well as the size of bird you would like and we’ll call you back with a confirmation and plans to deliver your order.

 

Read our newsletters for up-to-date farm happenings

The CSA newsletters published on this website are available for you to read. They depict some of the happenings on the farm. This week we kick off with a post titled, “Busy Farm Life.” Click here to access this newsletter.

We thank you for your continued support!

We’ve Found a CSA Gardener!

We are pleased to announce that longtime farmer Anne LeFevre has come to Indian Ridge Farm to continue the CSA garden. After farming for many years in the mountains of Northern New Mexico she and her two boys, aged two and a half and five and a half, are moving to Colorado after a short stint in North Central Washington.  This year the CSA will start up with 25 members, but Anne hopes to double that next year as she integrates with the community and the other farm systems. Anne will be offering a summer share beginning June 2 and running for 19 weeks as well as a shorter fall share in October.

Please join her for this year’s vegetable CSA.  Members will also be able to add eggs, chicken, turkey and/or  baked goods from Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery to their vegetable share, if they wish.

For more information please contact Anne at (720)556-4121

 

Summer 2017 CSA Signups now Available: Vegetables, eggs, poultry and baked goods!

We’re thrilled to be offering a vegetable share again from Indian Ridge Farm.  Anne LeFevre will be leasing our garden acreage and has decided to run a small CSA of 25 households this growing season. We will be partnering with Anne so that members can add grass-fed chickens, eggs, turkeys and baked goods to their share as well.  We are really pleased that Anne has decided to lease our garden space and we think you will be as well.  Her vegetable share is the most affordable of any in our region.

Weekly distribution of delicious, FRESH and organic food runs from Friday, June 2 until Friday, Oct. 6. Households can choose from a weekly box of fresh, seasonal produce, grass-fed chickens and turkeys, pastured eggs and organic baked goods.  Because of your commitment, CSA members receive a slight discount on these items from what is charged at the farmers market and other retail locations.  Pickup is either at the farm or at the Telluride Farmers Market (for a small fee).  If picking up at the farmers market, please come early before the madness begins! We’re available to distribute boxes starting at 9:30 a.m. (market opens at  10:30 a.m.).

To signup for your CSA share, please go to: http://indianridgefarmandbakery.csasignup.com/

To read CSA newsletters, please go to the newsletter link under the CSA button on this webpage.

Thank you very much for your support. CSA programs are one of the best ways of supporting local agriculture and knowing where your food comes from.

Still looking for a Garden Leaseholder

We’re still offering a great opportunity for that aspiring farmer who is ready to take on a bio-intensive garden on a lease basis and run the show. This is a turn-key operation: the water infrastructure is in place, tools are available, a garden plan exists, a customer base has been developed over 15 years of successful CSA gardening, and on and on.

If interested, please read on:

 

On the heels of a very successful growing season here at Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery,  we’re offering yet another opportunity for some budding farmer.

We know you’re out there: the farmer who’s been through the training rigors of apprentice or internship programs; the farmer who’s been employed on a farm somewhere on this planet; the farmer who wants to seriously pursue organic farming but doesn’t have the means to either buy land or doesn’t have the opportunity to join forces with their families or other partners. The farmer, clearly, who wants more responsibility without the attendant capital risks.

To that end, we’re going to lease our CSA garden for this growing season. This is a 1.5 acre bio-intensive garden that’s been feeding as many 70 households for the past 14 years. We served 55 households last summer and about 21 this fall. The soils are rich and fertile, the infrastructure is in place, the business plan is intact, our customers are all very satisfied and the region is hungry for more agricultural economic stimulus.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Read on for more details.

A view of the garden in mid July. The garlic bed is in the forefront of the photo.

Right off the bat, let’s be clear that this is an opportunity for a farmer with experience. You will be paying your salary from farm revenues; this is not an apprentice or employee type arrangement! You’re your own boss. It’s your business plan (though we highly recommend continuing the successful CSA program) and it’s your budget. It’s your hiring decisions for fellow farmers and/or interns, it’s your work scheduling, it’s your garden plan (of course, we’d be happy to provide some assistance here). Your inherent risk is that you won’t make a dime by the end of the summer. We seriously doubt you won’t be successful if you know what you’re doing.

The other very important prerequisite is that you have experience growing in climates with short frost-free growing seasons. Because of our 7000′ altitude in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, we have about 100 days when it’s highly unlikely (though not impossible) that there will be a killing freeze or frost. This implies that you have more than a few season extending tricks up your sleeves.

Read on if you’ve made the cut so far.

The vegetable production is part of a holistic, farmer­-owned enterprise that includes pastured poultry and a thriving bakery. The successful applicant will be working in concert with the other enterprises on the farm. The lease includes a fenced garden, two hoophouses, tools, a drip irrigation system, a BCS walking tractor with several implements, a walk­-in cooler and a distribution shed. The owners of the farm will also be available for consultation and advice (we will continue farming, focusing on pastured poultry, the layer hens, the bakery and all other enterprises!). Housing options exist on or off the farm. The nine­-month renewable lease runs from March through November.

The lease price is $1,200 per month. The lease runs from mid-March until mid-November.

If interested, please send a letter of interest, with a resume and two references to indianridgegranola@gmail.com

We are confident this turn­key operation is setup so the leaseholder enjoys success. Won’t you join us in stewarding a healthy relationship with the soil and the regional community?

Now taking applications for fall CSA!

After the first hiatus from our summer vegetable CSA in a decade and a half, we are pleased to again offer a fall CSA this year! It will run for seven weeks from Friday, October 14 to Tuesday, Nov 22, and will include all those fall and cold-tolerant crops that you’ve been missing – potatoes, garlic, beets, winter squash, lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, and more. Also available will be our delicious pastured eggs and pastured poultry as well as bread and granola from our bakery. (For those of you who haven’t yet heard, we successfully moved, and are now enjoying baking in a much larger space on Main Street in Norwood! Retail hours coming soon!)

Our CSA shares start at $32 per week ($225 total). We will deliver to Telluride on Friday afternoons for a small fee ($3 per week), or you can pick up at the farm on Fridays at no additional charge. We are only offering 15 shares, so sign up soon to reserve your spot! You can sign up here. If you are a returning CSA member, no need to re-enter all your information – just follow the “returning member” link in the green box at the top of the sign-up page.

Once distribution begins, we will be sending out a CSA newsletter every Wednesday. It will tell you what veggies to expect in your box on Friday and provide recipes and ideas for preparing them. This is our way of communicating with you, our valued member, so make sure to read it!

The first four weeks of our fall CSA will be run by yours truly, Jonathan Krohn.  Originally from Denver, I became an apprentice at the farm this spring. My previous experience in agriculture has been working at a research station in eastern Kansas and starting a perennial garden at a children’s home in the Philippines. If I haven’t run into you yet at the Telluride Farmers’ Market, I hope to meet you soon!

If you have questions or need to contact me for any reason, my number is 720-238-1207.

CSA registrations still open

Although we’re not feeding 65 households from the vegetable garden this summer through our established CSA program, a modified version of what we’ve offered in the past is still available.

That is, customers interested in receiving grass-fed chickens, eggs, turkeys and baked goods can sign up for our Summer CSA program.

Weekly distribution of delicious, FRESH and organic food runs until Oct. 7. Households can choose from grass-fed chickens and turkeys, pastured eggs and organic baked goods (bread and granola). We are not providing produce in this summer’s CSA program. Pickup is either at the farm or at the Telluride Farmers Market (for a small fee).  If picking up at the farmers market, please come early before the madness begins! We’re available to distribute boxes starting at 9:30 a.m. (market opens at  10:30 a.m.).

To signup for your CSA share, please go to: http://indianridgefarmandbakery.csasignup.com/

To read CSA newsletters, please go to the newsletter link under the CSA button on this webpage.

Thank you very much for your support. CSA programs are one of the best ways of supporting local agriculture and having some control over where your food comes from.

Stay tuned for further announcements regarding our 2016 Fall CSA program.

Some exciting spring news!!

The following was sent out as a “press release” to media outlets. We want to make sure our website is up-to-date with the latest and greatest!!!

Thanks for all your support. We’re very excited for the upcoming growing season, our 15th!

 

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR AT NORWOOD’S INDIAN RIDGE FARM & BAKERY

For the past 15 years, the farm’s one and one-half acre organic garden fed as many as 65 regional households for 20 weeks during the short growing season through a program known as Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA.  This year, a majority of the garden will be planted in a cover crop.

“Managing the vegetable operation along with raising pastured poultry and running a commercial bakery, had become too much for just the two of us. So, we’ve decided to search for another farmer to lease this part of our operation,” explained Barclay Daranyi, who co-farms with her husband Tony, and manages the bakery.

“We hope to provide an opportunity for other farmers,” added Tony. “We started looking for a gardener last fall, but by the end of winter we had not found the qualified leaseholder.

“It was a really tough decision to share with our CSA members, who have been so loyal the past 15 years,” he added, recalling the day this past winter when he and Barclay notified their members that produce would not be available as part of their CSA share this year. “Hitting ‘send’ on that email was not easy.”

Most families and individuals understood, and many are participating in this summer’s more limited CSA. “Anyone can sign up for our 2016 CSA. We will be offering pastured chickens, eggs and baked goods.  It’s only the produce that isn’t going to make into the CSA boxes this summer,” said Barclay. “Small scale organic farming is a challenging endeavor.  This will give us another summer to find just the right person who’s looking for a viable business and the chance to grow food in a turn-key operation. Our soils have been built over the last 15 years into a rich medium that will grow practically anything. I’m confident to say, our delicious produce will be back!”

Of course, the farm and bakery will be vending again this summer at the Telluride Farmers Market. Indian Ridge Farm will also have chickens available at the Ridgway Farmers Market. Both markets are on Fridays, beginning in early June.

The vegetable garden is not the only enterprise going through a change.  Indian Ridge Bakery will be moving off the farm and into a beautiful historic space in downtown Norwood. “We’ve been baking out of a relatively small space attached to our home,” said Barclay. “We needed to expand, and we’re so excited about the possibilities of this new space.”

Located at 1605 Grand Avenue, the 1600 square foot space will house the  existing bakery. But plans are in the works to expand the bakery’s retail sales to accommodate the public’s growing appetite for Indian Ridge granola, breads, pastries and other farm products. “We see a lot of potential here. This space definitely has the possibility of enhancing the vitality of our local food shed.  Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to walk in and buy granola, farm fresh eggs, a loaf of organic bread, fresh produce, grass-fed chicken, and other locally sourced products?” If all goes according to plan, Indian Ridge Bakery hopes to be operating out of their new location by June 1st.

In other bakery news, Indian Ridge Bakery is introducing its  “Love a Farmer Fund ”. A percentage of sales from the granola is collected and put into a fund to help small farmers.  “We want to continue to support young farmers. Revitalizing local agriculture is a key to our long-term survival, and we need to be thinking about the next generation of farmers,” said Barclay.

This year’s recipient is Max Kirks.  Max apprenticed on the farm in 2015 and is now launching his own CSA in Durango.  This award will help in the purchase of much-needed tools and equipment.  Upon receiving his grant, Max wrote, “Big dreams often start small. As the next generation of farmers begin to sow seeds I am excited for the future of agriculture as well as incredibly grateful for those who provide us with the experience and wisdom needed to succeed.”

The farm this year also took on a food sponsorship for The Ride Festival, joining MountainFilm and Bluegrass Festival as festivals that are heartily sponsored by the Daranyis. “All of these events are serious about food, and sourcing as much of it locally as possible. We’re proud to be affiliated with these organizations,” said Tony. “Of course, The Ride was a no-brainer since we joke that our farm is powered by Pearl Jam, which is performing on Saturday night. We’re so psyched. We’re passionate fans.”

If interested, you can learn more about the farm and bakery, sign-up for this summer’s CSA or place an order for winter storage chickens, turkeys, pork and lamb at the Farm’s website, www.indianridgefarm.org  or the Bakery’s website, www.indianridgegranola.com.

“We feel so privileged to be growing and baking healthy, fresh foods for the regional community,” said Barclay. “The support we’ve had year after year is really reassuring. We’re doing what we can to keep the soil productive and our neighbors healthy.”