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RBR News | March 23, 2017

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Lambing season is one of the first signs of spring at the Ranch and a cue that warmer days are on their way. Yet spring in the Roaring Fork Valley can be unpredictable. We had a few weeks of warm weather in February and then, in an instant, our first lamb was born on a below-freezing morning under a blanket of fresh snow. 


RBR News | January 21, 2017

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Winter at the Rock Bottom Ranch is a bit slower than summer: our growing is limited to our hoop houses and living wall, and the overall harvesting slows a bit in January. But no matter the season, there is always something exciting happening at the Ranch!


RBR News | July 19, 2016

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“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson 


RBR News | June 9, 2016

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Since the dawn of time - or at least since Jason Smith has taken the reins down at Rock Bottom Ranch - chickens have followed sheep. They also follow three goats and few donkeys. I realize some might be scratching their heads when I talk about chickens following sheep, so first let me back up a little. Not quite to the dawn of time, just a few hundred years.


RBR News | May 26, 2016

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The Ranch’s new honey bees are in their new homes and settling well. It was quite an adventure to get them, so we’re relieved that the installation of the bee nuc and subsequent inspections have been smooth and successful. The Agriculture staff at the Ranch is pretty excited for this new endeavor – we are all beginner beekeepers, but enthusiastic nonetheless! 


RBR News | July 10, 2015

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We are excited to announce that tomato season at Rock Bottom Ranch is just around the corner! In fact, Fourth of July marked the first ripe Sungold cherry tomato of the season (which mysteriously ended up in my mouth). 


RBR News | May 29, 2015

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We have been playing mother duck for the past 28 days, and it has finally paid off! Twelve little duckings hatched out of our incubator this Thursday. 


RBR News | May 15, 2015

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With all the talk of fall vegetables among the agriculture team, you would think summer had already come and gone! We shared a laugh this week, when in the midst of all this spring weather we reminded ourselves it is time to sow seed for “fall” vegetables. Summer has not even arrived, but we are already planning its culmination!

Yesterday, Christian and I seeded all of the cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, leeks, and kalettes that we plan to harvest in September and October. 


RBR News | May 1, 2015

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There is so much new life on the Ranch at this time of the year. Aside from the thousands of new vegetable plants eagerly awaiting their chance to hit the ground, we’ve got newborn piglets, chicks, rabbit kits, and lambs. I personally am most excited about the new lambs and ewes that just came on to the property a few weeks ago. They are a unique breed called Katahdin Hair Sheep.


RBR News | April 17, 2015

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The only thing predictable about springtime in the Rockies is that the weather will surprise you. We have been seeing gorgeous warm days the past couple weeks, but yesterday it decided to snow again. And it is still falling 24 hours later. This storm was kind to Aspen Mountain’s closing weekend, where it dropped over a foot of fresh snow, however it was not quite as kind to our plans for planting outdoors.