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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.

2017 CSA Sign upFebruary 21st, 2017

Good afternoon, Though we are still in the dead of winter, CSA sign-up is just around the corner.   It is hard to believe we are already talking about the 2017 harvest season.  We want

Sign up for 2017 CSA season coming soonFebruary 2nd, 2017

Ground Hog Day greetings to everyone, The 2017 CSA season is on our minds and in our plans.  In a couple weeks we will open registration on the website.   We appreciate the support you

Christmas gift for youDecember 8th, 2016

Good evening, We hope this email finds you loving the winter cold.  It really does change the activities on the farm.  We have gone from full schedule of outside work to indoor activities as

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