Farming in the Desert

Yesterday morning we paid a visit to Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch Enterprise, a 7800-acre farm operated by the Ute Mountain tribe of the Ute Nation. Their company operates as a wholesaler of produce and livestock as well as a retailer under the Bow & Arrow Foods brand. A visit to this farm ties together a number of the themes that we study throughout Classroom Earth (water diversion, water rights, and sustainability), and connects these themes to economics concepts such as supply and demand, supply chain concerns, and the trade-offs between working in wholesale and retail distribution. After our tour of their facilities and farmlands, we spoke with Eric Whyte, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe and manager of the farm’s alfalfa operation.

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