Welcome to The Old Fort

The original site of Fort Lewis College, a liberal arts college in Durango, CO began 16 miles southwest of its present location in 1880.

Historical resources will walk you through the 20th and 21st centuries as 6,279 acres on the La Plata River served as a Military fort, Indian school, High school, Two-year college , a Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station (San Juan Basin Research Center) and always an educational and community resource.

Farmer Training Program Silent Auction

Thank you to those who donated to our Farmer Training Program Silent Auction and to all of our winning bidders.  We raised over $2,200 that will be used to support our 2020 programs.

Fort Market Garden Incubator Program

Since 2013, The Old Fort Market Garden Incubator Program has served dozens of young and beginning farmers, many of whom are still farming or working in food-related careers. Each year, new and returning farmers grow thousands of pounds of produce for the local community. The mission of the program is to provide an entry point for young and beginning farmers in the Four Corners region, giving them the support and skills necessary to succeed. One of the only educational farms specializing in high-elevation desert farming, this program is uniquely positioned to support farmers wishing to work in arid mountain environments.

Program information and applications for the 2020 growing season can be found on our  Sustainable Agriculture Programs page. 

Fall CSA

September 21st brought a Fall frost so the farmers wrapped up in early October. After a successful summer CSA program, our Fall CSA is underway with 37 members. We're already thinking about the Early Season CSA so watch our Facebook page, Marketplace and Instagram page for more information or contact Beth Lashell, Old Fort at Hesperus Coordinator, to get added to our Old Fort listserv.

Farm Stand

The Old Fort’s campus Farm Stand runs monthly through the winter with stands scheduled for November 13th and December 11th. We set up outside the Student Union from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and accept SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks.

Country Store

Lastly, you can also get Old Fort vegetables and meat from the Country Store, located at the Old Fort at 18683 Highway 140. It’s open from dawn to dusk and restocked frequently – until the snow piles high!