It’s harvest time in the San Luis Valley! The ranchers are reaping in their fall hay and the farmers are pulling up their autumn bounty. What better way to celebrate the season than at the 4th Annual Harvest Celebration at the Historic Everson Ranch. This Saturday, Sept. 28 the Orient Land Trust presents its Chuckwagon Dinner/Concert/Dance, ranch and garden tours.
Located in the rich, fertile land beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Everson Ranch is a living testament to its ranching and farming heritage. Under the direction of the OLT this 150-year old historic ranch has been renovated within its historical facades to create an educational and living agricultural facility showcasing sustainable agricultural processes.
The public is invited to visit tomorrow, Saturday and see what makes this such a special place. Come and discover all of their efforts, and successes with projects determined to make sure the Everson Ranch thrives for generations to come.
The afternoon begins with ranch and garden tours from 3 – 4 p.m. Friends and neighbors can tour the facilities and see the fruits of many long-term projects on the ranch being completed. Also, Ranch Manager Mike O’Donal is retiring and this will be a great opportunity to celebrate all of his years of hard work and contributions to the Everson Ranch and Orient Land Trust.
Later that afternoon there will be a Chuckwagon Dinner Concert/Dance. This fall celebration is a ticketed, farm-to-table event which is likely to feature a variety of the ranch’s free range grass-fed beef, pig and goat meat, along with farm-raised, organic salad greens, rosemary roasted potatoes, roasted beets, garden veggies and grilled squash medley, and from the valley, quinoa salad. All of that incredible food will be cooked to perfection, sure to satisfy every taste bud!
Before and after the bountiful harvest feast enjoy some live music compliment of The River Arkansas. Fronted by Pueblo-native Mike Clark, this band is made up of some of the finest musicians on the Colorado front range delivering a mixture of heartfelt country, blues, folk, and Americana, inspired by the Arkansas River.
It’s time to celebrate! Everyone’s invited. Come, enjoy a fun, social time together with good food, music and dance. Tickets are $25 and be purchased by calling 719-256-4315.
The Everson Ranch is part of the Orient Land Trust‘s Land Conservation Program which protects over 2200 acres. They engage in historic ranching operations with the goal of soil and water restoration. Other ranch projects improve riparian areas and eliminate invasive weeds. The reservoir at the ranch is also protecting Rio Grande Chub and Rio Grande Sucker fish species.