Growing a dye plant not only gives you the source of color and a connection with the land, but natural dyes have some inherent advantages over chemical dyes, which have polluted the environment to a great extent. They present no health hazards, are very sustainable, easy to grow as herbs, and renewable. They add biodiversity to your vegetable garden, attracting pollinators and acting as great companion plants to repel insects and improve the wellness of neighboring plants.
In southern Colorado, there are two canyons in the Sangre De Cristo mountains where the wind pushes sand beneath them in such an intense and persistent manner that great dunes are formed. All year long, they’re eroded and maintained in an endless cycle of air and mineral, forming a stunning and unique ecotone. It’s part alpine, part desert, part grassland, and its name is Zapata Ranch.
Theodore Roosevelt had every reason to take it easy. To coast. But rather than drifting through a life of “ignoble ease,” TR did just the opposite. He worked maniacally hard, both physically and mentally, cramming several lifetimes of careers and adventures into his relatively brief sixty years.
In pursuit of color. How a high fashion career in London became the catalyst for foraging wild plants in Colorado.
António Garcia has been farming successfully for over seven decades. His guiding principle? Topsoil. Meet one of the local farmers whose produce supplies the Zapata Ranch kitchen.
Meet Abby, a member of a seventh-generation Colorado agricultural family who has planted our first Zapata garden
Visit the striking San Luis Valley. This Colorado locale has a suite of ecosystems and landscapes, making it a standout birding location.
Every year a group of life-long riders joins our staff at Zapata Ranch as wranglers. Here are a few stories from their first month.
Livestock brandings have roots dating back to over 4,700 years ago but still remain relevant today. Learn its history and role at Ranchlands.
Impressive eco-initiatives, stunning landscapes, locally-sourced food, and well appointed accommodations that we’re currently dreaming about.