Golden Delicious trees on the farm are at least 65 years old and still produce abundant tasty fruit.
Our 36 acre farm is a few miles outside Hotchkiss, Colorado. Mesa Winds Farm is USDA Certified Organic by Stellar and certified Biodynamic® by Demter. We grow peaches, apples, grapes, asparagus, vegetables and our bees produce honey. Our certification is current and includes all our crops. In 2011 we produced our first commercial wines, and opened our tasting room in 2012.
Dr John Ikerd, a highly regarded ag economist defines sustainability:
- "The New American Farmer stewards the land, preserves and improves
We can make our farm more sustainable with less off-farm inputs, and have followed the biodynamic® "deep organic" model to do so.
- "(S)he treats workers and the community alike with respect, kindness,
College students have been our main summer hires in the past. Some of them have gone on to farming endeavors of their own. We also hire local ag workers and this year again we look forward to working with Teens on Farms.
- "Makes economic decisions that produce reasonable profits that sustain the farm,
farmer, and employees."
We are trying new ways to bring our produce to market. We are also creating new ventures, like our MW Winery and farmstays that add value to our farm and livlihood.
- "The New American Farmer builds a relationship with the new American eater."
The New American Eater understands that by supporting local farmers they are supporting rural communities and the health of the society to which they belong.
We hope that you will be able to participate in our 2013 season, and enjoy the fruits, wine and farmstays that we offer. - W