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High Country Organic Farm

Florence, Colorado | County: Fremont | 385 Acres

$1,695,000
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If you are looking for quality irrigated organic cropland at a reasonable investment level, look no further. High Country Organic Farm provides a unique land investment opportunity in a great central Colorado location. This farm includes a total of 385 +/- acres delivering a genuine rural setting in close proximity to services and a multitude of recreational opportunities.

High Country Organic Farm consists of two separate non-contiguous parcels and has historically been set up to rotate crops on a total of up to 200 acres. Acreage with modest improvements allowing for a specialty crop operation and/or future rural homesite development.
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LOCATION
High Country Organic Farm is situated in one of the mildest climates Colorado has to offer. This farm is located about 6 miles southeast of Florence with year around access off maintained gravel County Road 108. Florence sits at an elevation of around 5,200 feet above sea level along the Arkansas River a short distance northeast of the Wet Mountains. Local services in Florence include a number of great restaurants for dining. The property is also around 15 miles southeast of Canon City and about 30 miles west of Pueblo and Interstate 25.

Pueblo Memorial Airport is located about 30 minutes travel time. Commercial flights from the Colorado Springs Airport is about one hour travel time and Denver International Airport is nearly two hours north accommodating convenient travel.

ACREAGE/OPERATIONS
High Country Organic Farm consists of two separate non-contiguous parcels and has historically been set up to rotate crops on a total of up to 200 acres. Approximately 60 +/- acres are currently irrigated (roughly 50 +/- acres under pivot with DragonLine drip system). There could likely be potential to irrigate some additional acreage with the farm’s decreed native water rights.  The current owners have been great stewards of the land operating the farm organically for several years. In fact, the farm has only used organic methods for nearly 20 years. Good soils, favorable climate, and water rights allow for the organic farming of a variety of specialty crops, including permanent plantings such as vineyards or orchards. The farm includes three existing greenhouses, of which the largest is 4,440 square feet +/-. The greenhouses expand the options and growing capacity for a new buyer.

Irrigation water is piped with thoughtfully designed underground infrastructure in place. This system also utilizes a large holding pond which is located near the improvements on the property. The farm’s water rights have had proven delivery even in recent dry years, with a good firm yield. The remaining non-irrigated portion of the property is native grass pasture that is fenced with some cross-fencing for livestock grazing. A number of mature larger trees surround the improvements on the property. The property has great seclusion with good high mountain views to the north and west.

IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements on the farm are modest and include an older farmhouse along with some additional living quarters for seasonal labor or guest housing. There have been some recent updates to the main farmhouse. There are also numerous future potential building sites for a new modern dwelling to be built if desired. Several farm outbuilding structures could serve multiple uses for crop, livestock, or equipment storage. There are two separate mobile home sites on the farm, both with water, sewer, and electricity to the site.

NEIGHBORHOOD RECREATION
Recreational activities abound in the surrounding neighborhood including fishing, boating, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hunting, golfing, rafting, and camping. The Royal Gorge near Canon City is a very popular destination in the neighborhood. Fishing and boating on Pueblo Reservoir is also very popular in the summer months. Stream fishing and rafting along the Arkansas River is a short drive away.

INVESTMENT CONSIDERATIONS
Rural irrigated organic farm acreage with modest improvements allowing for a specialty crop operation and/or future rural homesite development.

Key Property Features:
• Pivot irrigation equipped with DragonLine drip system
• Irrigation pivot can be moved or rotated to 3 different established pivot hookups.
• Computerized underground drip system already installed on another portion of the farm
• Organically operated farm for nearly 20 years historically designed to rotate crops on up to 200 acres +/-
• Includes three existing and functioning greenhouses
• Spring developed water is exceptional and test results show it is of the highest quality.
• Two additional mobile home sites on the farm with utilities already stubbed in