Farm History

We’re a small, diversified family farm operation. The proprietors, Tony and Barclay live in an energy efficient straw bale home constructed in 2001.

The farm’s ditch system and fencing was completed many decades ago. The Daranyis began building the farm’s more current infrastructure: the ponds, the deer fencing, the water system, the processing plant, the barn and the hoop-house in 2000. Indian Ridge Farm & Bakery began commercial production in 2002. The garden for the CSA was expanded in 2007 to nourish over 60 households. The pastured poultry operation received a grant from the Western Region’s SARE program to study whether pastured poultry can complement an existing large livestock system. That grant was the springboard for the success of the current pastured poultry operation.

In 2010 we completed the installation of a 52-panel solar array that generates 10kW of solar energy. This system produces enough alternative, sustainable energy to run the entire farm operation. This installation was made possible through a rebate from our cooperative electricity provider, San Miguel Power Assn. and through a grant from the US Department of Agriculture.

The bakery, once housed on the farm, was sold in 2018 to Julie Thorneycroft.  Thorneycroft Kitchen and Bakery is  located in downtown Norwood and sells amazing baked goods at the Telluride Farmers Market. Go check ’em out!

The farm is the home to one of Colorado’s Western Slope only State-approved and inspected poultry processing facility. This assures you that our pastured poultry products — the chickens and the turkeys — are only handled by us, from chick to the freezer, eliminating any doubt that your poultry is the healthiest available.

We also have a CSU/Bureau of Reclamation weather station on-site that measures all kinds of weather data, including soil temperatures. That can be found by clicking here.