Agriculture, Watersheds, Farmland and Water

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White Buffalo Connections

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This wonderful art naif painting is the gift of a young woman volunteer who worked on the farm around 2002. We use the painting at our farmers market stand every week in Gunnison and Telluride.  This young woman later obtained her farming degree at University of California, Santa Cruz and continues to make her livelihood as a farmer.

Soon later, our farm logo was also drawn up by a volunteer on the farm as a label for our damson plum jam sold at our farmers markets.  The logo depicts a white buffalo emerging from the clouds, the thunder beings, above White Buffalo Mountain.  The phrase “restoring our food, our earth and ourselves” was added in 2010.

As early as the late 1970s, the White Buffalo Organics brand referred to the only organic fruit on the Western Slope then available on the Front Range, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and California.

The mountain in the backdrop of our web page reveals a white limestone feature shaped much like a buffalo. This mountain is the source of our domestic drinking water and had the name White Buffalo Mountain according to Ute stories and personal interviews.  Settlers renamed the mountain, Lamborn Mountain, in keeping with their Christian beliefs and analogies to the “lamb of God” in the New Testament.  So, the farm’s namesake mountain presides over the valley and is reflected in the stories of two spiritual traditions: the Christian stories and the stories of the People of the Shining Mountains, the Ute.

The farm was given the name, White Buffalo Farm, long before the re-emergence of sacred white buffalo in the 1990s.  In fact, the farm was given its name in the mid 1970s after one of the back-to-the-lander farm founders returned […]

Fall Colors on the River

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Autumn on the North Fork of the Gunnison River.  White Buffalo Farm sits on both banks of the river in this location.  The river traverses a half mile section of the farm.

Looking northwest from the residential areas of the farm, this scene depicts the river at low water with the lowest elevations of Grand Mesa rising to the north.  In this view, the river’s right bank sits in the lower elevation of a steep incline of 22 acres of dry land pasture with a buildable lot at the summit near Terror Creek Winery.

The West Elk Scenic Byway (Highway 133) is shielded from view across the river in the upper foliage of the cottonwoods and willows on the river bank.  To learn more about the West Elk Scenic Byway through Redstone, Crested Butte and Gunnison, please click here.

The farm’s property includes the land between a scenic byway and the river.  In this location, a streamside cafe would offer a pleasant diversion for cyclists and passersby.  A farm stand once stood on the highway and was at the time the first farm attraction this side of McClure Pass.  To this day, no other farm is located in proximity to the river highway further east than White Buffalo Farm.

Looking to the east (not shown) is habitat for bald eagle, great horned owl and intact, wildland riparian corridor for the migration of species.  The section on the east side of the farm is less protected on the northern banks due to several homes shielded by vegetation from view from the farm’s southern banks.