Hobbs Family Farm
Contact: Dan Hobbs
Dan Hobbs is a fifth generation Coloradan and has been farming in Avondale since 2000. Prior to this he farmed for a number of years in northern New Mexico. Dan chose to relocate his farming operation to eastern Pueblo County because of its natural resources conducive to organic farming. The Hobbs farm is classified as “Prime, Irrigated Farm Land of National Importance.” The soil type is a mineral-rich Rocky Ford silty clay loam that is very productive and can grow just about anything. Senior water rights from the Bessemer Ditch, the third oldest irrigation ditch in Colorado, supplies clean water directly from the Pueblo Reservoir.
The farm raises 30 acres of vegetables, vegetable seeds, grains, cover crops and hay in a six-year field rotation. Approximately half of the farm products are seed crops and varietal garlic is Dan’s specialty.
Fresh vegetables are mostly sold in Colorado Springs to Whole Foods Market and through the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers cooperative.
Garlic is available through a mail-order program. Seeds are sold to other farmers and by contract with national seed companies. Seeds are selected for regional adaptability and traits such as ability to thrive in low-input and semi-arid organic conditions.
Dan is also a cooperative specialist and provides technical assistance to other farm groups, both locally and nationally.