via Southwest Farm Fresh – read the full story at thedailyzu.com.
|This is Duke Jackson, the owner of Sol Vista Farm in Mancos, CO. Duke is a member of the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative and has been supplying our Online Market and wholesale accounts with a variety of beautiful head lettuces, carrots, bok choi, napa cabbage and more. |
Duke Jackson of Sol Vista Farm and a SWFF Co-op member farmer Duke’s journey into agriculture began in 2014 as a student at Fort Lewis College where he volunteered at the school’s small campus garden and orchard and from there the spark was lit. He spent the next several years involved in garden and farming projects, including a collaboration with Rachel Landis (currently of the Good Food Collective) to launch the Environmental Center Forest Garden project. The focus of the project was to turn the on-campus orchard into a more biologically diverse, ecologically designed, and productive food forest, a model that still resonates with Duke as he shapes the future of Sol Vista Farm. Harvest day at Sol Vista Farm In 2019, Duke had the opportunity to lease and farm a piece of land in the Mancos Valley where he currently cultivates 1/2 acre for produce. As the farm evolves he aims to integrate other facets of agriculture into the farm in order to make the farm more resilient, diverse, and to minimize off-farm inputs. This includes planting trees and perennials to increase biodiversity on the farm, implementing earthworks to hold more water in the ground, integrating more climate appropriate crops, agroforestry systems, and more. Building soil with cover crops at Sol Vista Farm Here is what Duke has to say about what’s at the heart of Sol Vista, “We grow a variety of crops and as a new farm, our farm model is still developing towards fruition. Though the farm is still in its infancy, there are steadfast values and positions that guide us… We strive to continuously improve our soil health and land management practices We aim to be a farm which models resilient agriculture in our region We believe every soul deserves fresh, local, healthy food We’re here to serve and help strengthen our community and local economy We believe in addressing the issues of systemic racism that pervade our food system, and are learning how we can play our part in its dismantlement.” Thank you for your ongoing support of local farms like Sol Vista and your enthusiasm for all the great food our local farmers produce.