The Larimer County Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the purchase of the 211-acre Malchow Farm, located southwest of Berthoud, CO., has been completed. The purchase is significant for many reasons, including the acquisition of valuable water rights.
The purchase price was made possible because of Help Preserve Open Spaces sales and use tax dollars along with $100,000 from the Town of Berthoud. Through the purchase conservation of agricultural, historic, scene, community and education elements will result, and the property will remain an active agricultural farming operation.
Located one mile southwest of Berthoud, just north of the Little Thompson River and adjacent to U.S. Highway 287 on the west side, north of the Larimer and Boulder County line, the property features high-quality agricultural soils, with 188 irrigated acres, 18 acres of pasture, and five acres of farmstead. Because of its location the property has views of Longs Peak and the Front Range.
For those interested the property also contains several historic features – a pioneer gravesite, a beet shack, and a large, red barn which is considered by many to be an iconic landmark, serving as a gateway to Berthoud. At one time the Overland Trail crossed the property.
[Source: Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Press Release]