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Old Fort at Hesperus
Help students fall in love with sustainable agriculture!

The Old Fort at Hesperus offers land-based educational programs for Fort Lewis College students and community members, located 16 miles southwest of Durango and just south of Hesperus. With over 6,000 acres of ecologically diverse land, the Old Fort supports many uses, from biology field trips to irrigated fields for beginning farmers.



The Old Fort is expanding its farmer training programs, revitalizing a historic apple orchard, bringing fresh vegetables to Fort Lewis students, investing in soil health, and building infrastructure that supports education.



The Old Fort offers three points of entry for beginning farmers: internship, Farmer-in-Training, and incubator. Interns help out during the growing season for a brief immersion in small-scale farming. Farmers-in-Training participate in paid field work and afternoon classes, learning to farm cooperatively in small groups. Incubator farmers gain land access for up to 5 years in a region where farmable land is virtually unaffordable. Beginning farmers include both students and other community members who seek education, training, and land access.

Your support builds the Old Fort’s capacity to train beginning farmers and practice ecologically sound farming, and to meet needs for infrastructure, staffing, equipment, and more.

300 Donor Challenge
$100,000 from a very generous anonymous donor will be awarded to the Academic Initiatives Fund to provide unprecedented student support and retention funding once 300 donors give to any FLC cause. Help us earn this transformational gift!
Old Fort at Hesperus Match
A generous anonymous donor will match each gift to the Old Fort Growth Fund dollar for dollar up to $3,000.
Gene & Sally Bradley's IRA Giving Challenge
A gift of $7,500 from Gene & Sally Bradley to the School of Business Administration Impact Fund will be unlocked when five donors make a gift to any FLC cause from their Individual Retirement Account for #GivingTuesday.
President Stritikus & Debbie Pfeifer’s 100 Donor Giving Challenge
A $1,000 gift from FLC President Tom Stritikus and Debbie Pfeifer to the Diversity Collaborative Fund will be unlocked when 100 donors give to any FLC cause on #GivingTuesday.
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