A desert farm that didn't succeed

Garmesa Farms was established in the high desert a dozen miles north of Fruita, Colorado, in 1913, by a young man named Robert Lazear, who was eager to utilize the most modern scientific agricultural techniques.

The article below tells some of what Lazear did, how he tried to succeed with the aid of some important financial backers, and why Garmesa failed.


This photo shows remnants of the farm's buildings and a cistern, decades after the project was abandoned.

Garmesa 6-13-22
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