The barn that is rising on Pitkin County Open Space and Trails property will be a “game changer” for its leaseholders, the locally based Two Roots Farm, one of its principals, said.
Two Roots Farm leases and manages 22 acres of Emma Open Space which it uses to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers for restaurants up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, local farmers’ markets and Skip’s Farm to Market in Basalt, according to partner Harper Kaufman.
The farm is also part of a cooperative that feeds more than 100 families who receive a share of each week’s harvest during the growing season, she said.
“We grow over 40 different kinds of vegetables using minimal tillage, organic, regenerative farming practices,” Kaufman said, adding, “Our mission is to grow healthy, fresh produce for our community in a way that cares for the land, the water and the farmers.”
The new barn will be the farm’s “central hub,” she said. “One of the most critical functions of the barn is providing a food-safe work space to wash vegetables, properly store our fresh vegetables and winter storage crops, cure vegetables like garlic, onion and winter squash and dry crops like herbs and flowers.”