agriculture

Colorado State Beekeepers Association

On Saturday, June 8, the Colorado State Beekeepers Association hosts its Summer Bee College conference at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle. To learn more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with CSBA President and New Castle resident Ed Colby.

Sustainable Settings

The fruit growing on the apricot tree at Sustainable Settings this spring affirmed for Brook LeVan the benefits of his long-standing, friendly relationship with the wild.

fatcityfarmers.org

Michael Thompson, local architect and president of Fat City Farmers, returns to discuss tools for extending the growing season with hosts Stephanie Syson and Jerome Osentowski.

Avery Ecological Design

In August of 2018, following months of intense drought in Colorado, water specialist Avery Ellis shared permaculture practices and strategies with Living Permaculture.

carbondalefarmersmarket.com

Sara Tymczyszyn is the Carbondale Farmers Market's new market manager. She spoke with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about her connections to local food.

The February edition of Living Permaculture features Paonia resident Nick Hansen. He's using permaculture to improve Agape Farm & Retreat, his farm and bed & breakfast in the North Fork Valley.

Four Corners Farmers Embrace Co-Op Model

Feb 8, 2019
Daniel Rayzel

Drought in the Four Corners is placing further stress on farmers bringing their local produce to market. Seeking an opportunity to collaborate, some growers are placing a collective risk in a cooperative working to expand the reach of their products. KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel stopped by a warehouse in downtown Cortez to learn how the co-op helped farms through a difficult year.

Weekly News Brief: Reimagining Gender in the West

Jan 11, 2019
Kelsey Brunner, The Gazette

Liz Forster is a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette and for this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her recent multi-media piece on women at Colorado’s San Juan Ranch. Here, Forster talks about her approach to the story.

Listen to this New Year’s vision from Michael Thompson. Drawing inspiration from the Maine food sovereignty act, Michael eloquently describes the opportunities we have with local food to grow the relationship of our wealth and health.

Paonia Artist Turns Irrigation Waste Into Art

Nov 28, 2018
John Melvin

 

During droughts, farmers on the Western Slope of Colorado have to use more plastic drip tape to irrigate. Last summer, Paonia artist John Melvin created an art piece to illustrate the amount of waste being produced and worked with local farmers and Delta County to set up a drip tape recycling program.  KVNF's Chris Marcinek has the story...

Christopher Biddle

Water Managers in the Southwest United States are witnessing record levels of reservoir depletion, and Colorado’s Western Slope is feeling the stretch, especially in the agricultural sector. As KBUT’s Christopher Biddle reports, one group thinks others should share the burden.

Biodynamic Source

Biodynamic Source Co-Founders Brook LeVan and Lloyd Nelson recently guided a biodynamic workshop at Sustainable Settings. Living Permaculture Host Stephanie Syson interviewed them and their students at its conclusion.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings celebrates 21 years with the Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 15. Brook LeVan stopped by KDNK to share about the event. A pair of tickets to Sustainable Setting’s Harvest Festival will be drawn from a pool of KDNK monthly donors to be given away this Friday during the Wild Rumpus show.

Avery Ecological Design

Water specialist Avery Ellis shares permaculture practices and strategies for times of drought.

Apple Core Project Revives Rural Heirloom Fruit Production

Aug 22, 2018
Apple Core Project

The Apple Core Project in parts of Western Colorado aims to revive rural heirloom fruit production. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story.

Community Composting Thrives in Ophir, CO

Jul 11, 2018
Katie Klingsporn


Tucked into a corner of San Miguel County, one small community is embarking on a big endeavor toward sustainability. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story...

Cara Pallone, KOTO

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.” Cara Pallone of K-O-T-O Radio and Western Slope Resources Reporting, explains how a new farm to community food share program serves as a bridge between communities.

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.


The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


Raleigh Burleigh

Paonia celebrated the 4th Annual Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo on Saturday, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Peter Kolbenschlag, the event’s founder, about the region’s evolving economy.

Raleigh Burleigh/KDNK

 


Colorado Rocky Mountain School is doubling the acreage to be cultivated by the private school’s garden program. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with garden director Heather McDermott, director of finance Joe White, and garden assistant Kallie Hyer to learn more.

Ten Can

During the 1st Annual Entrepreneur and Investor Confluence, organized by Glen X, local restaurant owner Lacy Hughes announced her plans for the building formerly known as Six89. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

H2O Radio, Ltd.

"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government. H2O Radio has the story.

National Young Farmers Coalition

 

Colorado law makers are considering a bill that would provide funding for farming and ranching internships. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Alex Funk, Western Policy Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, to learn more.

Jetsetting Family


Agrotourism is becoming a popular source of economic revenue throughout the world. Cedar Ridge Ranch seeks to promote the practice within Garfield County. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Merrill Johnson to learn more.

Viva la Vida Foundation

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Caren von Gontard shares about the Viva la Vida Foundation and their plans for establishing a school of spiritual agriculture in Colorado.

Haley Thompson, Tomas Zuccareno

Stephanie's guests are filmmakers Haley Thompson and Tomas Zuccareno and their new film How We Grow, which was a part of this year's 5 Point Film Fest.