AFTER LOCAL FARMER DAN HOBBS FOUND AN OLD 1922 ORCHARD SURVEY OF THE ARKANSAS VALLEY REPORTING OVER 2,000 CHERRY TREES IN AVONDALE, HE SPENT TWO YEARS PLANNING HIS FAMILY’S NEW 445 TREE ORCHARD

In April Dan Hobbs and his family, farm workers and team from New Mexico and Avondale UCCS team plated four varieties of tart cherries, a total of 445 trees, with the help of Gordon ‘Badger’ Tooley and his team from New Mexico, and their Avondale/UCCS team.


This comes 97 years after a report was made that the area was conducive to growing sour cherry trees in the Lower Arkansas Valley, including the area where his farm is located in Avondale.


In response to Hobb’s post on Facebook, Donna D’Orio said, “This is wonderful and inspiring. My family The Moschetti’s had a farm, apples, cherries etc and a grocery store (Moschetti’s Grocery) that was prolific at one time. Eventually all the trees were taken out, TRAGIC. The sisters who lived and worked it their entire life passed on. The farm is no longer and when Rose Moschetti, the last Sister passed away it was abandoned. It is sad. I am so glad for all you do!”


When asked what he’s going to do with the cherries, he responded on FB, “Pick, pick, eat, dry, freeze, peddle!” Dan Hobbs is the co-op development specialist with the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. He is promoting farm to table ideas and is hosting interns at his farm this summer.


Photos of cherry trees, workers, and Dan Hobbs – originating post – https://www.facebook.com/dan.hobbs.9/posts/10214196131393070

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