Farmers, ranchers selected to lease midvalley Glassier property |

Farmers, ranchers selected to lease midvalley Glassier property

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program selected leasees for six parcels on the Glassier Ranch in the midvalley.

Parcel A: Alec Parker will graze cattle and grow hay on 44.5 acres

Parcel B: Rory and Luch Cerise will graze cattle and grow hay on 94.2 acres

Parcel C: The Cerises and Glassier Agricultural Co-Operative will share the 10.3 acres

Parcels D and E: Glassier Agricultural Co-Operative will grow flowers, fruit trees and raise small animals on 4.1 acres total.

Parcel F: Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Carricarte family will produce vegetables, grow fruit trees and raise small animals on the 3 acres.

Some familiar faces in midvalley farming and ranching have been recommended for approval for leasing agricultural lands at the Glassier property by the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff.

Longtime Emma ranchers Rory and Lucy Cerise, Hooks Spur Road rancher Alex Parker, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in partnership with the Carricarte family and the Glassier Agricultural Co-op were picked by the staff to lease six parcels. The open space program board of trustees in its regular meeting Thursday will review the recommendations. The county commissioners must also review the proposal leases because they are for more than one year.

The Cerises are leasing the largest parcel on the open space program ranch on Hooks Spur Road. They will graze cattle and grow hay on the 94.2 acre Parcel B. The proposed five-year lease is for $18.50 per acre for a total cost of $1,742.70 annually.

The Cerises also will share a lease on the 10.3-acre Parcel C with the Glassier Agricultural Co-operative, a small company headed by Jim Dula. The co-op wants to raise small animals and test some methods of soil building, according to a memo from the staff to the trustees. They will pay $195.50 annually for five years.

The Glassier Agricultural Co-Operative also was preferred by the staff as renter for the 3.5-acre Parcel D and 0.6-acre Parcel E. The company is proposing to grow flowers, fruit trees and vegetables and raise small animals, according to the staff memo. The open space program staff is recommending 10-year leases “due to the nature of the improvements and agricultural product being proposed.”

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, which has intensified farming on the nearby Rock Bottom Ranch in recent years, won the lease with the Carricarte family on the 3-acre Parcel F. Vegetable production, fruit trees and small-animal husbandry are all options, according to the staff memo. The rate will be $25 per acre of $75 annually for a 10-year lease.

Parker was selected to rent the 44.5-acre Parcel A “based on his previous 10 years of stewardship and management, commitment to rehabilitate the old homesite areas and commitment to pipe and improve a currently open ditch with erosion problems,” the staff memo said.

Parker will graze cattle, grow hay and possibly plant alternative crops on a portion of the parcel, the memo said. He will get a five-year lease for $450 annually, but he can earn a two-year extension if he rotates crops within two years of the first lease.

The open space program purchased the Glassier Ranch and adjoining Red Ridge Ranch. Eagle County and the town of Basalt assisted in the purchase. Pitkin County is overseeing management.

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