We’re transitioning from summer to fall and ultimately to winter here at our high-altitude farm in southwest Colorado. That means Anne’s been busy harvesting root vegetables and more from the garden, and we’re winterizing and cleaning up the place, while still taking care of livestock, some of which are due for processing soon. The mountains…

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Our most recent Post, entitled “It’s Time for a Reset” was widely mis-interpreted by readers as an announcement of our imminent retirement from farming. This could not be further from the truth. We are taking a year off, yes, from commercial livestock production. But there’s still a farm to run! The living farm organism requires…

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A sunset behind trees and fields

Planning for the Future A beautiful sunrise greeted us one-morning last fall, an omen of good things to come! Farming is not for the faint of heart and 2020 presented its own unique set of challenges. The logistics of marketing during a pandemic, wondering if we were going to have enough water to see us…

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A panoramic view of fields and trees during a sunset

We’ll start this post with a photo of a sunrise, taken this fall from our farmhouse. Sunrises are powerful. They signify a fresh start to another day. We can wipe clean the slate and start again. A new day offers hope. It offers strength. It provides us with an opportunity to live life. Again. To…

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A view of fields under a dark sky

It’s now the beginning of August and through this most unusual, some would say dystopian time, the seven of us farming at Indian Ridge Farm have continued to mostly shelter in place since we started the farm season in March. We’re doing this to protect ourselves, as we don’t want to introduce the Coronavirus to…

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A view of ducks in the pond

Although water supplies are in shorter supply throughout the region this year because of a year-long drought, our ponds are full and looking good! We’ve had at least four families of geese frolic in the ponds around the farm this spring. Many of you noticed we weren’t at this growing season’s first Telluride Farmers Market…

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A family of geese swimming on water

The Coronavirus pandemic has not slowed down activity here at the farm. Our wonderful farming life continues unabated. We’re restricting visitors and carefully limiting our exposure to the general public when we’re in town for errands. Our goal is to keep all seven of us living at the farm healthy so that we can continue…

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Indian Ridge Farm

An essay written by Tony We’re not in control. What we are in control of is our relationship to the earth. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer If you haven’t read this book yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. It is so rich, so wise, so powerful. Written by an indigenous elder,…

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A pair of dogs

We’re not in control. What we are in control of is our relationship to the earth. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass If you haven’t read this book yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. It is so rich, so wise, so powerful. Written by an Indigenous elder, it reaffirms our place in this world. Especially for…

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A view of green fields

Apart from the dryness that marked the end of summer and into the fall, we can honestly say we just completed an awesome growing season. What a difference a year makes! The exceptional drought of 2018 was erased by the tremendously wet fall and winter of 2018-2019. Water was plentiful this past summer; some of…

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