Taming the land: See how we grew

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Here’s the link to number 8 in Chris Woodka’s series Taming the Land titled “See how we Grew,” running in The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

The Arkansas Valley was a fertile source of food for the miners in the mountains and the people in the towns that served them. The farmers markets that opened in Pueblo last week are a reminder of an era when the local farmers market was the market for nearly everyone in the area. Sure, there were foodstuffs imported into the area after the arrival of railroads in the valley, and the valley’s farmers exported cash crops as well. Locally grown fruits and vegetables were part of the local diet as well as money-makers for many more farmers than remain in the business today. As the region grew, there were canneries, flour mills, slaughterhouses, cheese factories, alfalfa pellet plants, sugar beet mills, broom factories and other food or fiber processing businesses that expanded the reach of the local farmer.

Meanwhile, here’s a look at farming in the Arkansas Valley today from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain.

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