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RBR News | April 27, 2017

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Last summer, we designed and constructed a new passive solar seed “start” house to improve seedling preparation for the growing season. Several of the structure’s energy efficient features were made possible with a generous grant from the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE). Construction was not completed until late in the summer, so this is the first full season that we have put it to use and we have grown more vegetables this winter and spring than ever before.  


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 | March 16, 2017

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Around the Ranch
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to prepare the menu ACES Snow Moon Dinner, an event for Donor’s Circles members (click here to learn more about our Donor's Circles program). I worked as a professional chef for many years prior to transitioning to farming and host our farm to table events during the summer, so “catering” events is not necessarily a new experience for me.Just another event - or so I thought - and I went about writing the menu as I have for the past several years with ACES. 


RBR News | February 28, 2017

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Mother Nature teased us with some sunshine and warm weather last week and just as we were getting into the “swing of spring,” she abruptly reminded us that it is still winter. Even though we are seeing some overnight temps in the single digits this week, spring is just around the corner and the team at Rock Bottom Ranch is busy preparing for the upcoming season.   


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 | December 29, 2016

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Winter is one of my favorite times of the year as a farmer. The cold weather and short days almost force us into a time of reflection, planning and research. This year is no different and the Rock Bottom Ranch agricultural team has spent the better part of December reading books, finalizing 2017 growing plans, and designing new infrastructure to make our work in 2017 even more productive and efficient.  


RBR News | August 30, 2016

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For me, one of the best parts of being a farmer is the opportunity to interact with a wide array of community members. The casual conversations that generally take place at farmers’ market or on farm tours often lead to new friends and great networking contacts. Some of our most treasured relationships started with a conversation about the growing season, how to prepare kale, or simply the recent weather.  


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 | July 7, 2016

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June tends to be the busiest month of the year at the Ranch, and this year was no exception. The first weeks of June signal the beginning of the farmers’ market season in our area, the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Heritage Fire and Grand Cochon in Snowmass Village, ACES annual Picnic on the Preserve, and our first Farm to Table Dinner of the year. Additionally this year, we were very involved in the Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), which generally kicks off the last week of June.   


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.