Farming, ranching and harvesting is rooted in our culture in Colorado’s Grand Valley.

Early settlers took advantage of fertile plains for cattle grazing and discovered a mild climate and mineral-rich soil that grow exceptional crops, vegetables and fruits.

Building on tradition, today’s farmers combine forces with local entrepreneurs in technology, engineering and manufacturing to bring a fresh perspective to agribusiness. Locally, we produce everything from award-winning wines and craft brews to prime beef – not to mention the famously sweet Palisade peaches.

What Grows Here?

Peaches | Apples | Apricots| Nectarines | Plums | Cherries | Grapes | Raspberries
Tomatoes | Lavender | Corn | Hops | Hemp


Six Reasons to Grow in the Grand Valley


Local vineyards produce anywhere between 85 to 95% of the state’s grapes.


The climate and elevation fosters a 6-month growing season.


With over 20 vineyards, it’s  considered
a top 10 wine destination in the U.S.


From agriculture science to an award-winning culinary arts program, Colorado Mesa University grooms a steady stream of qualified workers.


It’s located in Mesa County, a designated Enterprise Zone and Colorado’s first Jump-Start “tax free” zone.


The Kitchen Incubator supports startups in the specialty and gourmet foods industry with education, financing and a 2,500sq.ft. commercial kitchen for shared use.

A Small Taste of Local AgriBusiness

Rooted Gypsy Farms | Kannah Creek Brewing Company | Copper Club Brewing Company | The Produce Peddler | Field to Fork | Bin 707 Food Bar | Colterris | Enstrom | High Country Orchards and Vineyards

Download: GJEP Agriculture, Food & Beverage Industry Brochure
Download: Mesa County Workforce Crop and Animal Production Industry Report

Agribusiness News and Events

Mild Climate, Tax Holiday Help Grand Junction Land Company

November 7, 2017 -  GJEP is excited to welcome the Pierce Corporation to Colorado's Grand Valley! The manufacturer of irrigation systems chose to move operations from Idaho and Oregon in large part due to the

  • Aquaponics at Rooted Gypsy Farms

Grand Junction Farm on the Cutting Edge

March 14, 2017 - "Mark Beckner wanted to find out whether or not he could develop a viable business out of a small farm. The answer, it appears, is yes." That's how Phil Castle kicked

  • ColoradoBiz features Grand Junction-based Enstrom

Enstrom Candies Featured in ColoradoBiz

March 7, 2017 - There was a disappointing void of Grand Valley-based companies among this year's "Made in Colorado" finalists in ColoradoBiz. However, we were thrilled to see this feature of one of our multi-generational

  • Colterris Winery Palisade CO

Palisade Winery Featured in Company Week

March 5, 2017 - We were thrilled to see Colterris Winery and High Country Orchards featured in Company Week earlier this week. The Palisade-based business has been a longtime GJEP investor and a great, local

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Header and Reasons 2, 5 – The Produce Peddler
Reasons  1, 3, 4 – Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau
Reason 6 – The Business Incubator Center

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