Rain Crow Farm
Certified Naturally Grown (more info)
This grower has a photo album.
Raincrow Farm is located near Paonia in western Colorado. The owners, Kerry Noonan and Jason Beason, have lived here since April 1st, 2005. We started moving in two days after our son Otus John Beason was born. The farm is located in the beautiful North Fork of the Gunnison River valley. Some of the peaks of the West Elk Mountains are visible from the farm (especially Mount Lamborn and Mount Gunnison). Kerry is the farmer and she has many years of experience. Before we settled in Colorado, she worked on farms in Montana, California, and Connecticut. Jason does much of the chores, such as mowing, tilling, and irrigating. We grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers without the use of chemicals or petroleum-based fertilizers. Our main crops are salad mix, carrots, beets, kale, chard, cucumbers, basil, spinach, radishes, leeks, potatoes, and cut flowers. We are certified Naturally Grown. You can find out more about this certification at http://www.naturallygrown.org/. We also raise a few chickens for eggs and goats for milk. We sell our produce at the Crested Butte Farmer’s Market (http://cbfarmersmarket.org/) and flowers at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market in the summer. We also sell produce to Fresh and Wyld (http://www.freshandwyld.com/home.html) and Delicious Distribution. We are very much looking forward to the 2009 growing season. We do have an internship available. Please view our ad at: .
On our land, we are also creating habitat for wildlife and have a beaver pond on our property next to the river. In 2007, we planted an acre of native shrubs and trees to attract brids to our property (see Habitat Restoration page). Raincrow is a folk name for the Yellow-billed Cuckoo which is Jason’s favorite bird. Jason has heard and seen Yellow-billed Cuckoos along the river near our property several times. Since he works as a professional field ornithologist for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, this makes him very happy. He initiated a project in 2008 conducting surveys for cuckoos in the North Fork valley and they were located at several sites in the Hotchkiss and Paonia area. The field crew even found a nest with two nestlings near Hotchkiss on July 21st, 2008. Our farm has been nominated to be included on the Colorado Birding Trail (http://www.coloradobirdingtrail.com/). We welcome visitors; please give us a call if you would like to visit.