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Beth LaShell

Old Fort at Hesperus Coordinator
(970) 247-7189- Campus office
970-385-4574- Hesperus office

Elicia Whittlesey

Program Manager- Old Fort Market Gardens

After getting a BA in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College, and a MA in Geography from the University of Minnesota, Elicia farmed for three years at Green Gulch Farm on the coast of Marin County, California. As an apprentice and then staff at Green Gulch, she received thorough training in organic & biointensive farming methods. In 2014, she was head gardener at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and in spring of 2015 moved to Hesperus to try her hand at high desert growing in the Old Fort’s fields. She loves helping people experience farming for the first time.Contact her about these programs: Internship, Farmer-In-Training, CSA, wholesale purchases.

Dan Selzer

Property caretaker; Cattle and Hay Manager

After graduating from Cortez High School, Dan attended Fort Lewis College where he received an AA in Agriculture.  He worked for Colorado State University as a Research Associate until 2010.  In addition to his duties at the Old Fort at Hesperus, Dan owns a ranch in Mancos where he runs 80 cows.

970-385-4574 - Hesperus office


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