Learning as we grow


What nature gives us changes, so we prepare and adapt. The Knapps said it best: “When we learned that early settlers grew lettuce, potatoes, and rhubarb in this valley, we became intrigued with the idea that we could do it, too. Our integrated, collaborative programs increase the role of science and technology to ensure what we learn here can be useful for others in this field. Our place-based systems allow for the development of a longer-term perspective and an ability to see how plants, animals, and even people interact with this environment over time. In essence, we work with what nature gives us, and stay nimble to keep up.”

Partners in Education
Wellesley College: Edible ecosystems mimicking natural communities is a key component of the innovative research occurring on the Ranch. As part of a study, we allocated areas within the orchard and vegetable gardens to experiment.

Colorado State University: We participated in a micro-climate analysis, analyzing weather data collected on the Ranch over a ten-year period. The information gathered is meant to help identify areas on the Ranch that are best suited for future farming opportunities.

University of Denver: Water Sustainability Professors from DU reviewed the Ranch’s overall sustainability; giving particular attention to our long-term water management plan.