Native crops for the niche West
Dear HCN, Ed Quillen's essay rings a bell here in our
Carson Valley (HCN, 4/1/02: The 'Niche West' reconnects us to the
land). We have a thriving native seed company, and during the last
two years we have discovered native crops on several of the valley
ranches. The development pressure has been enticing local ranchers
to sell out to high-density development, and I'm happy that there
is a progressive master plan slowing the pace of
development.ÊWe hope that the discovery of these native
species will tease some of our ranchers into realizing a new value
in their ranches, besides the pittance that they are paid for hay
and grazing leases.
Comstock Seed Co.