Meet Joseph & A.C.!
We bought Color Ridge Farm in July 2021–just two months after our magical wedding. Neither of us EVER thought we would end up in a place like Wayne County, Utah! Yet, the moment we came here, we could feel something special; we could sense the land calling and inviting us to make it our home. Building a regenerative micro-farm has felt like a beautiful calling; and we love using our farm as a way to give back and honor the land and support our beautiful community!Read More
It is amazing how much you can do on just one acre of land! When applying sound permaculture principles and mindful planning, a small farm can provide such an abundance of life, biodiversity, and incredible, nutrient-dense food! At Color Ridge Farm, we strive to implement regenerative practices that give back to the land, rejuvenate soil health, and produce nutrient-dense food and herbs that are not just healthy, but healing.
Our ice creamery opened July 1, 2022 in Torrey, Utah, right next to the Wild Rabbit Café and Shooke Coffee Roasters! We love making good ice cream from a simple base of ingredients and using as many locally-grown and produced ingredients as possible!
Our 20-tree orchard is nearly 30 years old, and the trees are all children of the orchard trees in Capitol Reef National Park! Most of the trees are apple (which grow well here in Wayne County), but we also have plum, apricot, and cherry trees (although our late spring frosts can often prevent stone fruit harvest).
We grow tons of produce, flowers, and herbs in our large garden space, as well as our greenhouse! In fact, we’re soon building a second greenhouse to accommodate winter growing options! Regenerative gardening practices include not tilling the soil or using harmful herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides. We believe if we take good care of the soil and all of the micro-organisms that call it home, they will take good care of us by contributing important nutrients and life to our foods and herbs!
Composting is a HUGE part of regenerative farming and permaculture! We strive for making as little waste as possible, and composting is a great way to help add to that goal! Not only do we use traditional composting methods, but we also have taken composting to the next level by introducing vermiculture (composting with the help of worms) to our farm! Vermiculture expedites the composting process and yields even more nutrient-dense soil to add back into our orchard and gardens.
Color Ridge is home to 15 beautiful free-range, egg-laying ladies! Yes, they ALL have names, and they lay a beautiful assortment of colorful eggs! Not only do they provide eggs, though, they also play an integral role in our permaculture system by keep insects and bugs in balance, and aerating soil in the orchard by scratching through livestock poo (allowing it decompose into the soil more quickly and effectively)!
We love working to use the things we grow and turn them into amazing, nutritious foods! At Color Ridge, we regularly make kefir and kombucha, and in the fall, we can various foods and ferment others like sauerkraut. We are excited to offer more of these value-added food products to our customers!
Our farmhouse was built in 1911 by the Baker family! They were among the first White settlers of Bicknell, Utah. The house has had a number of owners over the years, as well as several additions, along with external and interior renovations! Our house has a lot of character, and we love it so much! We like think that it picked us to be its present occupants!