An article in the September/October 2013 issue of "Colorado Life Magazine" explores Paonia, home to the greatest concentration of organic farms in the state. Staff writer Matt Masich visited Colorado's farm-to-table capital for the article.
Valley bounty doesn't come easy, but locals keep it all in perspective. "When it seems like we're working our guts out on a project — whether it's haying or building a fence or moving cattle — I remember that on this very same soil, someone else had it a whole lot harder than we do," said rancher Calvin Campbell of Colorado Homestead Ranches. Campbell's land has been in the family since 1882.
While not all of Paonia's residents share Campbell's homegrown heritage, most families are firmly rooted in area agriculture. Brent and Karen Helleckson of Stone Cottage Cellars moved to Paonia after years in Boulder, where Brent made a living as an aerospace engineer. Today, the couple are living their dream in the wine business.
Success stories like that of Stone Cottage Cellars are the rule, not the exception, in Paonia. Kelly Steinmetz of Flying Fork Café stopped in Paonia for the annual Mountain Harvest Festival, scheduled this year on Sept. 26-29. He ended up moving to town, launching the Flying Fork in 2003.
There's more on Paonia's farms, folks and area businesses in the seven-page article featuring stunning photographs from contributing photographers Chris Council and Emily Chaplin. The September/October issue also includes photos and stories on Picketwire Canyon, 11 Colorado ghost towns, Boulder's Avery Brewing Co., Denver's oldest restaurant, the Rockestra of Grand Junction, outer space experiences from Berthoud, poetry and other events across the state.
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