solutions journalism

A Mining Solution to an Environmental Problem

Jul 3, 2018
Chris Marcinek

It’s been over 27 years since mining operations came to a halt at the Camp Bird Mine near Ouray. But if you go up to the mine at 10,000 feet, you’ll see a lot of activity. 

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.” But a new farm-to-community food-share program serves as a bridge between communities.


Austin Cope

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.


Eric Whyte

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.


Soil Science / Creative Commons

Farmers across a broad spectrum of the agriculture industry are embracing the “healthy soil” movement.

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