I'm writing to offer a perspective on the value of Eagle Springs Organic farm as they face another threat from asphalt contamination due to Bedrock Asphalt's second proposed operation. As an advisory circle member of the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council, and as a farmer in Silt for several decades, I speak to the increasing necessity of local farmers to collaborate in order to keep our businesses viable.
We work with ESO on organic grain crops for our laying flocks, among other things. As I write this, our apprentice, David, is heading there now for another bimonthly pickup. We appreciate having an organic farm, large enough to grow and store grains, close by and willing to work with us. With 150 birds, we go through a lot of feed, and this collaboration has been great for us over the past several years.
Farmers of any size do best when not faced with additional issues (air, water quality) from industrial outside sources that are detrimental to their operations. We here at Peach Valley CSA feel strongly that any industrial operation that adds to these environmental concerns or reduces crop quality and viability should not be allowed. For Eagle Springs, as an organic grower, soil contamination would shut them down.
Please make our local farming industry a priority and join us in voicing this concern to the Garfield County commissioners as they weigh this upcoming decision to allow asphalt crushing adjacent to Eagle Springs.
Ken and Gail Kuhns
Peach Valley CSA