Mike Nolan has been a farmer for about 18 years.
“I don't like gardening,” he said. “I like farming in the sense of like, I like tractors, I like equipment. I like big harvests.”
His farm is in the Mancos Valley at the base of southwest Colorado’s snow-capped San Juan Mountains and across from the bluffs of Mesa Verde National Park. In a normal season, Nolan grows up to seven acres of vegetable crops, anything from turnips to squash to tomatoes.
This season, though, he’s had to cut down to less than a single acre.