The Divide Creek Farm, a 70-acre farm and livestock operation, is a lush and surprising find as you drive up onto the sprawling green bench with wide-angle views; located in the heart of productive agricultural country south of Silt, Colorado, and bout 90-minutes from Aspen. An area still dominated by long-time traditional ranching families. Situated at 6,200 feet in elevation, the location is never lacking for sunshine and displays 360 degree panoramas of rolling pastures, hills and mountains.

Broker(s): Rue Balcomb

IMPROVEMENTS

Turning into the farm, the first thing encountered is the whimsical covered bridge crossing over Divide Creek. Rising from the creek bottom brings you to the common-area of the improvements. The four bedroom, three bath main home has the look of a renovated mountain home with a nice flowing floor plan with an open kitchen and dining area, a finished basement and roomy two bedroom upstairs, complemented by an atrium entry way and an over-sized porch suited to enjoy the mountain air.

A large yard connects the main house to the garden areas, near-by sets a silo-ish building that’s actually the entrance to a modern day root cellar with temperature controlled ventilation and insulated concrete walls. Highlighting the commercial garden center are four greenhouses, three of which are Rolling Thunder moveable greenhouses. Low-slung, opaque, 48-foot long and resembling a Quonset hut design, these greenhouses are unique in that they are each set on two 150-foot rails. The rails allow three separate gardens to be serviced with each movable greenhouse, extending the growing season into a year round production.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

A wonderful barn design building near the house is sided with recycled barn wood in a striking sun-burst pattern on one side and decorated with a moon and star on another. This “community building” houses a walk-in cooler, stainless steel kitchen for produce washing, bathroom with shower, composting toilet, a small office, and a high-ceilinged garage bay. Acid etched concrete floors and walls wainscoted in corrugated tin can all be hosed down when necessary. A clever arrangement of cedar sauna, out-door shower and wood-fired hot tub are clustered near-by. Other buildings include a copper-cupola-ed chicken coop, large two plus car garage, equipment shed with livestock stalls and tack storage.

ACREAGE AND WATER

Scattered around the five-acre building compound are 28 kilowatts of solar panels that sell power back into the grid most months and render the farm carbon-neutral for five people. This state of the art sustainable farm has 2.7 shares of Divide Creek Ditch for irrigation and frontage on West Divide Creek.