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Harvest Celebration on Saturday

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.

The historic Everson Ranch in Saguache County. Photo: Saguache Today.

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.

Tours of the Everson Ranch and Gardens will be from 3 – 4 p.m. on Saturday

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! 

Happ as a pig in mud at the historic Everson Ranch!

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.

Thanks to Mike O’Donal for all his years of dedication to the ranch!

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.

Saguache News – November 20

What’s New With Orient Land Trust

It’s the week of Thanksgiving with all efforts focused on the big feast planned for this Thursday, Nov. 23. So if your recipe lists include pumpkin, then consider getting one fresh from the garden at the historic Everson Ranch, located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains in the San Luis Valley .

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The historic Everson Ranch still has pumpkins available for sale at only $2 a piece. Photo: Orient Land Trust Newsletter.

Owned by the Orient Land Trust (OLT), their Fall Newsletter includes the good news that there are still plenty of pumpkins from the garden available for purchase. Only $2 each! Wow, you can’t beat that price! In addition, a variety of yummy pumpkin foods including baked goods and hummus are available in the welcome center.

Attention soakers, while the good news is that the San Luis Valley offers several options for hot springs and pools, the bad news is that one of them will be closed for a month! Just as they have done for many years, the OLT will be closing its Valley View Hot Springs for four weeks: December 1 – 28.

Valley View Hot springs Closed Saguache TodayReaders should note that during this hiatus the OLT plans on implementing a new database and reservation system. Therefore, they will not be answering the phones from December 4 – 11. Guests have been asked not to call during that week and to wait until after December 11 to make reservations.

The popular soaking spot for valley residents and visitors will re-open on December 29, just in time for the New Year!

For folks living in Saguache Today who miss seeing Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor Cynthia Nielsen, you can find her at the historic Everson Ranch, still doing what she does best – bodywork!

“It has been an exciting summer for bodyworkers and the tipi offers a calm relaxation,” stated Nielsen in the OLT Fall Newsletter, adding, “ As the weather cools, we will offer sessions in the small Amish Cabin.

Their team of dedicated therapists offers a variety of therapies, including various massage techniques, aquatic therapy and reflexology. You will find details on the OLT website, or contact Cynthia directly at: OLT Bodywork Coordinator,  CynthiaNielsen@olt.org , 719-298-0360

Massage Cabin_Everson Ranch

The team of dedicated therapists at Valley View Hot springs will take bodywork inside at the Amish Cabin as the colder months come on. Make your appointment or get a holiday gift certificate for some on your lists. DETAILS.