Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative

In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Ole Bye, Manager of the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative, and their board president Kim Lindgren about how the Cooperative provides local produce to restaurants, schools, and businesses across the region, and how the cooperative model benefits small farmers.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds", about how weeds and the push to eradicate them needs to be seen in a different light, where the nutritional and ecological value of weeds is valued, and the use of pesticides is more seriously scrutinized by farmers who wish to grow sustainable crops.

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In 1885, the Montezuma Valley Irrigation District completed a tunnel that moved water from the Dolores River to the Montezuma Valley. This trans-basin diversion allowed the town of Cortez and the entire valley to grow and thrive.  But this transfer, and later McPhee dam, changed the Dolores River. A hundred and fifty years later, the community is working to find a balance between keeping the water it has long relied on, and meeting federal requirements for healthy fish and a protected river downstream. Reporter Stephanie Paige Ogburn has more on those efforts.

  • Colorado Board of Equalization rejects Montezuma County’s effort to give a tax break to farmers.
  • Montezuma County commissioners adopt a wait-and-see attitude toward a National Conservation Area along the lower Dolores River.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Nina Williams and Jude Schuenemeyer of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about their efforts to document and preserve rare apple and fruit tree varieties, the history behind fruit orchards in southwest Colorado, and how the public can get involved.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Sandi VanHouteen, Cortez School District Food Service Director, and Danyel Mezzanatto, Cortez Middle School Production Manager, about Colorado Proud Day and how it is being celebrated in local school cafeterias with farm-fresh produce from area farms and school gardens.

  • Montezuma County commissioners are not backing down from their stance on recent property-tax assessment for farmers.
  • Dolores County also adopts defiant attitude towards state in regard to its assessments of farmland.
  • Good turnout expected for September 30th meeting regarding draft legislation to create a national conservation area along the Dolores River.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. David Weindorf, Associate Dean for Research at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University, about his studies on the mine waste sediments from the Gold King Mine that were spilled into the Animas River, and his recent appearance before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to report his findings.

Noxious Weeds In Montezuma County

Sep 17, 2015
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Noxious weeds are a big problem for farmers, ranchers, and land owners across Montezuma County and the country. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Bonnie Loving, Weed Manager for Montezuma County, about noxious weeds and programs being offered by Montezuma County to help land owners control them.

Cortez Journal

In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Southwest Open School (SWOS) teacher Casey Simpson and Conor Russell, a student at SWOS, about the school garden that they have installed at the school, how they have incorporated permaculture principles into the garden, and how it enhances education for the students at SWOS.