" This land had hand-dug ditches that delivered water across the orchard. I used stones, shovels, and dirt to get the water to flow where I wanted it. It could take hours to get the right amount of water where I needed it to go." - Harrison Topp
"Our water comes from the mountain it starts from there it starts flowing into the Machos River, then flows into the San Juan River, from there it goes into the Colorado river and finally flows to the driest parts of the United States" - Tyler Hoyt
"The second year of farming, I lost my entire crop to a spring freeze. I was constantly reminded of the loss every time I switched the gates of our irrigation pipe." - Harrison Topp
Stacia's horses in the morning light
Stacia feeds the sheep on the ranch in the morning
Harrison tacking a break from loading hay onto the truck
Cleaning the workstation at sunrise before harvesting
"If we fail to recruit enough new farmers, we risk furthering the consolidation of our food system, increasing permanent losses of agricultural lands, and losing a generation of water stewards. " - National Young Farmers Coalition
Drip tape is a resource to conserve water while irrigating. These small plastic pipes are laid at the base of plants, and deliver drips of water directly to the roots.
Farmers in the arid west have to save seed from successful crops. When successful seeds are collected year after year, the farmer’s crops are able to continuously evolve with changing conditions.
Ancient varieties of corn growing on Tyler's farm
"I’ve only been farming for 5 years. In the last three I’ve noticed the effects of climate change so much more. The heat has been getting hotter, longer and more sustained, the rain just isn’t there like it used to be or when it is, it’s too much." - Casey Holland
Farmers are getting old; the average age of farmers in the US is over 60. A lot of land is going to change hands in the coming years and unless something changes it is going to become increasingly hard for young farmers to buy that land.