Located at the base of Buckhorn Mountain at 6700' elevation, Buckhorn Gardens is a small, organic vegetable farm 13mi. south of Montrose, Colorado. Our farm is an active part of a 12,000 acre ranch; however, we only manage 3 acres with intensive vegetable gardening.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Last Fall, we welcomed almost 30 students from Telluride Mountain School for their first field trip of the school year. We always enjoy having the youth come to the farm and seeing where there food comes from. They asked some really great questions and sampled some melons at the end of the tour after helping us dig some potatoes. We thank the youth for the help and visiting our farm!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wow, what a year?!We thought that we would run down all the major highlights of 2016! We could not have done it without your dogged support, thanks.

6 interns
28 weeks of CSA boxes
6 pigs
2 Goats
1 Duck
1 Dog
2 Cats
30 something chickens were purchased
Hundreds of pounds of veggies donated to local food banks
4 farmers' markets this year (2 in one day)
80 plus farmers' markets attended
Montrose Farmers' Market year round
1 Class from Telluride Mountain School toured the farm
1 Pig Cooked Hawaiian Style
1 Acre-ish of Potatoes Planted with over 20 volunteers
1 Credit card machine and an online payment system added for customer convenience
1 Chili Cook Off
4 of us attended 4th Annual Food and Farm Forum and fed the farmers salad
1 attended Holistic
100,000s of seeds planted
1,000s of seeds saved
$3,000+ dollars spent on organic seed
4 Buckhorn farmers attended the Food and Farm Forum
Farm participated in the Chili Fundraiser and Savor the San Juans

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Amigas y Amigos, 
Come see us Saturday, November 26th at the Lark & Sparrow in Montrose from 11-2. Fall is finally here, albeit in bits and bobs, what better way to warm the old cockles! All you can eat chili plus you get to keep the handmade bowl of your choosing and support Partners Mentoring Youth! Come down and support the Buckhorn chefs with their veggie chili and Elk/Pork combo. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Photographic Farewell To Our Four Farmers' Markets This Year

 Mountain Village

Monday, April 25, 2016

Who: You and the Buckhorn Crew!
What: Help us plant 13 varieties of potatoes (~8,000 plants) and eat our pet pig, Oreo, Hawaiin Luau Style
When: Saturday, May 14th at 9am
Where: Buckhorn Gardens
What to Bring: Sunscreen, water, typical Spring weather Colorado clothing, gloves if you need them, hat, a dish for the potluck, friends and family, and a tuperware dish to take home some pork 

Have you ever eaten a whole pig cooked in the ground, Imu (Hawaiin earth oven), Hawaiin Luau style? We would like to share the farm bounty with our community (pig and spring veggies), let you see where all the magic happens, meet other CSA members, plant potatoes like crazy, meet the farm animals (chickens, pigs, goats, a cat and a dog), and mingle with the Buckhorn crew you will be seeing at the farmers markets and who do all the hard work behind the scenes. Ryan from Yurtstead Farm/Roundhouse Meats has offered to man the pit for pork perfection. There will be tons of pork for your take-out boxes and we will have pork for sale from our processed pig as well! Also for sale are eggs, veggies (salad mix, spinach, kale, heads of lettuce), and tomato starts.

Now, the other half of the equation: we have a new field to plant in that is ready for all the rainbow varieties of potatoes we have for your baskets this season. Many hands make light work in organic farming and we would love to see all of you at the farm, our office, with its, quite nice mountain views!

Please RSVP gardens@buckhornmountain.com

Monday, March 28, 2016


Greetings and Salutations,
"You don't know about me without you having read a book by the name of The Adventures of Joe Tarr, but that ain't no matter." All literature should start with epic first lines; I stole one from Mark Twain! However, lets go backwards in my bio.

Adventures is rightly capitalized there in the title of my yet un-written autobiography.  Currently I find myself at a latitude of 38.5 and 107.6 longitude in lovely Colona producing some lovely veggies on the Western Slope in the garden bustle that is spring!

I landed an internship here in January of 2015 and took over for Horton in June. I had previously been cutting my agriculture teeth in Northern California near Chico farming market vegetables and wanted to farm in winter, a rather un-farmer like venture in most climes. I took the farming plunge because I wanted to learn the simple ubiquitious skill of growing food for myself and others as a 'CAREER'. Ubiquitious in the fact that you can do it anywhere, anytime of year, and it is done everywhere around the world.  A heuristic I've learned through my travels and traverses is that food is fuel and health, a lesson drilled into your body with age!

Now here is where some adventure began, if your sense of adventure hasn't been piqued yet! I landed in Northern California farming after an east west trek across the USA searching for a place for me to farm. I left Charleston, SC aside the Atlantic ocean and sought a vaster ocean over yonder, going west, but not so young of a man! I planned to trek via car, tent in tow, and visit our lovely national parks as I made my way west. Hot Springs National Park was my first stop and Cascade National Park was the last, seeing 13 in total in my 4 month trip.

And now a brief sad part to the story: I made my way to Charleston because my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer (rightly not capitalized!), and I wanted to be her caretaker through the latter part of her life not really knowing her in the beginning. And I was a horrible son who had been living overseas, far away from his mother, for almost a decade! After my mother passed, the family tied up odds and ends: had an estate sale, sold the family house, and moved my pops to live with my sister across the street from my adolescent home. I then set out on my journey to find someplace to live and farm, a skill taught to me by my mother, in the USA, a daunting feat for a well-travelled bloke like myself.

You see, I had been living in Frankfurt, Germany teaching at an international school and had just started my second year teaching there. I had started up a horticultural club at the school and had a greenhouse built during the start of my second year, excited to breed some new farmers while they are young but alas life had other plans to send me home!

Frankfurt, Germany, Western Europe, a pretty safe place, and I sought a little safety after experiencing the Arab Spring firsthand in Cairo, Egypt. I had been working for a British international school and eventually left because I did not feel it was the right place for me. Well, it is the Middle East silly. I intially came to Middle East to de-brainwash myself about Islam. I had been in Mumbai in the 2008 Thanksgiving terroist attacks and was targeted as an American by these 10 men who took over Mumbai, a city of 15 million, for 60 hours. Having gone through 9/11 and this attack, I thought moving to the Middle East would be the best way to re-learn about a part of the world so foreign to me and my past. My aspiration at the time was to be the best history teacher one must travel the world and learn about it all, from the source.

So, as an native English speaker educator, one is offered the opportunity to work in most of the 200 countries on the globe and I got an offer in Homs, Syria, and left 4 weeks later for probably the most adventuresome moment of my life so far. In Homs, I worked for a unique international school, founded in Lebanon, which had schools in 17 countries worldwide, including the USA. Oddly enough the school I worked at in Germany was part of this network also.

Okay, now how did I find myself in Mumbai you may ask? I always wanted to try to teach a history course backwards! Mumbai was part of my 6 month Asian diaspora after having worked and saved for 3 years in South Korea. I wanted to take in the world, slowly and thoroughly. I departed South Korea via boat after having taught English at a Korean university for several years and landed myself in China for the 2008 Olympics. An avid futbol fan, I saw my favorites, USA, the Netherlands and Argentina, play and met people from all over the globe. From China to Hong Kong, then Nepal, India, and rounded off with a surfing trip to Indonesia, this was a greatly influential leg of my life, my 4 years in Asia.

South Korea? Maybe you have noticed a theme here: I fancy myself as one who often takes the road less travelled! I left the USA after finding a job listing on craigslist for work and travel abroad, teach english. Fair enough, I had found a gem of a spot to live in the USA-60 miles from the ocean and mountains-Portland, Oregon. I had moved there 3 times and failing to land a full-time teaching job after substitute teaching for almost 2 years, I jettisoned myself to another shore!

The long and short of the beginning part of the story is that I spent some time ski-bumming in Jackson, Wyoming after college at the University of Georgia. The spark that set off the powder keg has to be studying abroad in the Netherlands, having roommates from around the world was like a mini-United Nations. I spent my formative years in Charleston, SC for middle school and high school, elementary school in Ohio and born in Annapolis, Maryland. And that brings you full circle. I've had a VERY fortunate life, and I have sought to use my skills to help others around me.  I am very grateful for the opportunity to Be HerE NoW at Buckhorn Gardens working with other farmers growing fresh, nutritious and delicious food for Western Slopers, thanks!

I'm Patrick, number 3 in the line of 4 boys. We were raised in central Pennsylvania in a young neighborhood surrounded by farmland. Though I didn't fully appreciate my family's garden as a boy, it was those times when my parents sent me out to the garden to "go get some tomatoes for dinner" that ended up really sticking. My interest in plants was sparked, I was fascinated with my mother's flowers and my father's tomatoes. And as I grew older, the farmland around my home began to turn into more and more homes. I remember thinking as a young teenager that there must be a better way to produce food AND build homes for regular people like me. The notion of using my time in this world to help manage land and resources set me off on a path towards an education in the field of ecology and resource management.  All the while, I continued to grow vegetables and herbs while pursuing my education at Penn State University, Harrisburg. Given my passion for plants, fresh air and..helping, t'was suggested to me many times along the way that I "should become a farmer!". I had never given the profession much thought however. Well, it slowly clicked over the years and I took what knowledge I had built up and began investing it heavily in projects- gardens for friends, tree planting for neighbors, and real food production. And now here at Buckhorn Gardens where I have found great opportunities to help lead and manage the farm. Now, I am invested in food production that I am proud of- clean organic fruits, veggies and herbs that our farm strives to deliver to as many mouths as possible. Right now I have the pleasure of growing this food at 6,800 ft here at Buckhorn Gardens. There is certainly no turning back now for me as I am truly working on my passion helping to feed families and manage an organic food production with great resources here in the mountains. I'm grateful.

Feed the World. Forward, march!