Lavender, for many people throughout the West, is simply a decorative bush used in landscape designs. For Palisade peach farmer Ron Rish, it’s another source of income.
While the agricultural industry doesn’t usually garner the same level of attention as the energy sector in Western Colorado, there can be no doubt agricultural enterprises are growing ventures in every sense.
Lavender Fest… Intoxicating smells of lavender first greet visitors to Palisade’s third annual festival that celebrates the fragrant and multipurpose herb. What comes next is even more stunning. It seems lavender is good for nearly everything. Lavender vendors on Saturday spiced up the day, offering a number of products from infused cooking oils, treats, soaps, […]
This Lavender Farm is Buzzing… It’s hard to say what catches the attention of a visitor first: the collective hum of hundreds of buzzing bees nestled in the stalks of 600 blooming lavender plants; or, the deep, vivid purple-hued plants themselves, gorgeously stretched out the length of an orchard, with cherry and peach trees along […]
There’s a growing number of lavender businesses in Western Colorado… Rosemary Litz steps into her meticulously landscaped backyard and bends over a rounded bush. Like a barber wielding scissors, she trims off a handful of long stalks with purple blooms. The fragrance of lavender fills the air. For a growing number of entrepreneurs like Litz, […]
Rosemary Litz grows nearly 50 lavender plants as part of the meticulous landscaping surrounding her Grand Junction home. The rounded bushes with purple blooms add color and fragrance to the serene setting.
A day at Sunny Acres… The lavender is in full bloom at the aptly-named Sunny Acres Lavender Farm in Orchard City. Named after one of its owners, Sunny Howland, the summer sunshine also beautifully drenches the orchards and fields, making this little farm “sunny” in a lot of ways. Sunny and her husband Bob have […]
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