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Culture Farms East
Culture Farms East
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Culture Farms East

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Rural, Residential, Philanthropic/aid, Demonstration, Educational, Financial/Economic

Project Summary

Culture Farms East is a small working farm and demonstration site north of Ignacio, CO. We are demonstrating a healthy and diverse pasture grass system, good thermal belt siting, passive solar design, keyline design, and natural mushroom cultivation. We want to show the world what a cared for, irrigated and productive piece of land looks like.

Project Description


We have redesigned our 3 acre pasture to set an example for the neighborhood. With protection from wind afforded by dense windbreaks, pasture grass health is increased and high-value trees are able to grow. We will soon range poultry and small stock, rather than only horses.

To our existing house, we are adding a bedroom, washroom, and attached greenhouse starting this spring! We will try to seamlessly attach the new rooms, using strawbale and stucco techniques similar to the ones used to build the existing house.

We inherited an incredible diversity of ornamental, perennial flowers in our garden. A handful of these are great medicinally, and we have one prolific (and well-protected) peach tree just reaching the bearing age. To these, we’ve added more hedge plants, fruit trees and mulch, especially along the fence lines. Our steep slope will get a makeover of terraces close to house using native stone to retain the earth.



Stone work Begins

terracing with native stones

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