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

  • 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

Grand Junction/Palisade 4th Top Manufacturing Community

February 8, 2017 - CompanyWeek, the Rocky Mountain region's source for all things manufacturing related, has named the Grand Junction/Palisade region 4th among Colorado manufacturing communities. This is up one spot from 2015. Here is

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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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