Grand Valley children will forever be able to see an operating orchard thanks to a conservation easement brokered by the Mesa Land Trust.
A half–century ago George and Nancy Destefano purchased 17 acres on the outskirts of Palisade. It turned out to be a good buy because the land turned out to be in a frost–free region, and as a result the Destafanos have lost just one crop in 50 years. The orchard has also become a major contributor to the Palisade economy. George Destafano says he is thinking of the future as his heirs eventually takes over the operation.
So far the Mesa Land Trust has helped preserve more than 45,000 acres of land, most of it based in agriculture as a way of preserve historic land uses in Mesa County.