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Farming has been the Austin way of life for many generations.  It began in the 1700s when our ancestors were granted land in Tennessee for serving in the military during the Revolutionary War.  Surviving throught the Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression and other climatic hardships has made our family more determined to stay on and continue to improve the land. From the beginning, our focus has always been on sustainability. There were always animals and home gardens to provide for the family's daily needs and cash crops such as cotton and sweet potatoes.  The original land in Tennessee continues to be farmed by the Austin family.

In 1970 our young family (now including 4 children) followed our calling west and landed in the middle of western Colorado's fruit growing region.  We began our life in the west by renting and working other growers' orchards, raising cattle and working in the local coal industry, apple processing and bottling operations.

Family friend Jean VanDuzen partnered with us in 1993 to begin our own orchard and plant the first phase of our 7000 fruit trees.  She had spent her career in medicine serving the needs of those living on the Indian reservations in the Tuba City, Arizona area.  Along with being one of the few female doctors during her time she pioneered research and developement in the area of the importance of health and nutrition for children.  She fell in love with the North Fork Valley during a rare trip away from her medical practice and purchased land here for her retirement years.  She brought a passion for natural, sustainable farming and joined with the our family to create what is now Austin Family Farm. Jean stayed heavily involved with the farm until her passing in 2012 at the age of 86. She especially loved her time in the blackberry patch right out her back door.

 

Apples, peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums and apricots were part of our original planting.  Over the years we have continued to expand, develop, rotate and fine-tune our variety of crops to produce great-tasting, nutritionally dense, naturally grown fruits and vegetables.  We pay special attention to sustainable growing through our soil and pest managment programs.  During the Winter, you will find us attending agriculture events, training others and researching the trends in the growing industry. We love to share our passion for farming with others. Culinary students, school groups, interns, upcoming organic growers, produce retailers and families are often found touring the farm and joining in the activities.

Early Bird Sign-up BonusMarch 10th, 2019

It's not quite planting season, but farmers have been planning their season for several weeks now. As you know, your CSA membership helps fund the farmer, and as the beginning of season is the most ex

2019 CSA Sign-ups Are In Full Swing!!February 27th, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 CSA Harvest Season! We are looking forward to welcoming back returning members and looking forward to meeting new members..we hope you enjoy what our farm has to offer! Christina w

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