14741 Canyon Road Paonia,Colorado 81428 Google Map 719-338-4146


More of our story

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.

2018 CSA Season is OverOctober 24th, 2018

Thank you so much for being a part of the Austin Family Farm CSA program this season.  Because of your ongoing support we were able to do what we love doing - offering the best produce possible.&

Start of CSA!! on 7/11/2018July 6th, 2018

The 11th brings a start to our CSA season with our first round of fresh, local food being delivered to you!!

2018 Season Signups are in Full Swing!!April 25th, 2018

Happy Spring! We are experiencing some March weather in the middle of April, but the 2018 CSA season will be here before we know it!  Normally, members who have signed up for our CSA and paid in

Have a Question?

Contact Us Online or Call 719-338-4146

We look forward to sharing our harvest with you!

Visit us on: FacebookTwitter