a year of western colorado ag
This portfolio chronicles agriculture throughout Colorado's Western Slope in 2021.
The presentation is in chronological order beginning in January.
Under the bright lights of the tractor, a farmer works at night to turn soil for the first time in the 2021 ag season in March outside Olathe Colorado.
The Spring Freeze
Ela Family Farms is a multi-generational, 114-year-old fruit operation on Rogers Mesa in Delta County Colorado.
A string of unusually warm days followed by a nearly 70-degree overnight plunge to 3 degrees killed or seriously damaged most of the trees in Ela’s organic orchards.
The freezing temps forced the family to prepare new ground and plant new trees, abandoning the peach crop for the year.
The Colorado Legislature passed a new law guaranteeing overtime pay, a minimum wage, and sets the lengths of breaks and meals while mandating how much clean water and shade each worker must have while on the job.
The law also prohibits the use of short-handled hoes, so-called “stoop labor” tools that have already been outlawed in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Bartender of the land
Nickolas Paullus forages various plants, herbs, and other ingredients from the Western Colorado landscape to distill tinctures and build signature drinks.
Grass-fed beef is separated by age of the animal at a ranch on the Western Slope in October.