Weathervane & Cho Ku Rei – Working the Land

by Tyler Grimes Shifting to a locally grown, plant-based diet is the healthiest choice one can make. Right now in the U.S., 34 percent of adults are obese, as are growing number of children, including 20 percent of 6 to 11-year-olds. Three out of four of the leading causes of death are weight/diet-related illnesses: heart […]

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Agriculture and War – Some Thoughts

by John Mattingly “You’re in the army now, You’re not behind the plow. . .” I remember hearing this verse from a song played on movie newsreels in the decade following WWII, in which the farmer appeared in agony, sweating behind a horse. Until he hears a bugle in the distance. Shedding the shackles of […]

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Stomping grapes and making wine

Article by Mike Rosso Agriculture – February 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED a clandestine wine-making operation in the family armoire in upstate New York would lead to a celebration of grapes and wine in Colorado years later? Winemaker Steve Flynn of Salida certainly did not.

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Riding out the saddle-donkey phenomenon

Column by Hal Walter Agriculture – January 2009 – Colorado Central Magazine A FAVORITE OLD RANCHER once told me: “It’s better to get where you’re going on a slow horse than to go to the hospital on a fast horse.” Frankly, I avoid riding anything with ears that short.

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Iron Horse vs. Kicking Horse

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – October 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine “I want to farm it all with horses.” The speaker (over the phone, long distance), a noted New York City arbitrageur, had recently purchased 1,200 acres under center pivots in Wyoming. Based on readings from his long-time subscription to Amish Farm Journal, he […]

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Sustainability

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – September 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine I recently received an offer to contribute to a Sustainable Agriculture Think Tank — not my thoughts, but rather surplus cash I might have lying around the stock tank, now that commodity prices are at record high levels. After the Think Tank elaborated […]

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Ranching has something to teach us

Essay by Courtney White Agriculture – September 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine AS THE 21ST CENTURY unfolds, it’s becoming clear that we need more family farmers and ranchers on the land, not fewer. We need them not only for the food they provide, but also for a lesson in how to live on the land. […]

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Calls for the country vet

Column by Hal Walter Agriculture – August 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine THE BULL CALVES went through the squeeze chute one by one, and the vet took a scalpel to their nuts. When each was released into the pen, it walked away from the site of its emasculation and set about eating grass. “How bad […]

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Hay 101

Article by Shanna Lewis Agriculture – August 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine AN OLD ADAGE says it’s wise to make hay when the sun shines, and last year ranchers in the Wet Mountain Valley did just that. Starting in June, after a snowy winter and wet spring and summer, tractors rolled out into acres of […]

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Sun Worship

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – August 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine AS A FARMER, I’ve always viewed my ground as a solar collector. No matter how hard I appear to work — and like many of my cohorts, I’ve done little to refute exaggerations of my toil — the sun does most of the […]

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Grass vs. gas

Column by Hal Walter Agriculture – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine RECENTLY, AFTER BUYING an eighth of a beef from a neighbor, it occurred to me that if the price of fuel drives me to eat poorly, then I might be better off crawling into a hole and pulling the dirt back in over […]

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Bad credit

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine BAD CREDIT When I started farming in 1968, the strategy for buying my first farm involved saving the money, and paying for the farm. Same way with machinery. Cash on the barrelhead. If a farmer approached another farmer who had ground for sale, […]

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Future cultivation

Column by John Mattingly Agriculture – June 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine DATELINE: DENVER, COLORADO MAY 3, 2034 In a joint news conference yesterday, Steady State Bank, Resurrection Mortgage, and Overburtin Industries announced plans to plow under another 160 acre subdivision in Thornton and plant wheat.

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High priest of pasture serves food for thought

Article by Hal Walter Agriculture – March 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine AT A RECEPTION prior to Joel Salatin’s lecture at Colorado College in January, a bluegrass ensemble serenaded the self-described “grass farmer” with a tune praising him as the high priest of pasture.

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