Who we are
We moved from Manhattan to Boulder in 1998 with a three-month-old baby. In love with Boulder's gorgeous scenery and easy access to nature, we were excited to raise our children in a place we believed shared our values, including social justice and a deep concern for the environment. Like so many here, the emphasis on preserving open space made us proud and hopeful.
We threw caution to the wind in 2015 and purchased a 56-acre horse farm. It needed a lot of renovation but the land and the structures were so beautiful. At the northwest end of the property was an old tree farm, hundreds of diverse trees that on the flat lands of east county seemed magical. We knew it was risky and hard work and indeed we haven't left the farm as a family since then. We renovated and started taking boarders and hosting events. Eventually we grew hay and baby horses.
Our favorite times are riding all over the farm. The five of us ride up on the banks of the Leggett Ditch that joins us to Rainbow and cross the bridge over the ditch to wander around the eighteen acres on the north end of our property. The most beautiful time of year here is fall because Rainbow explodes with color unlike any place I've seen in Colorado.
In August of 2020, my husband and a neighbor chatted over the fence about a notice we had both received from Boulder County. The County was planning to build a composting facility on Rainbow. It didn't seem possible because Rainbow was under a very restrictive conservation easement like ours, and the property had been purchased with Open Space funds. Our neighbor knew about composting facilities and was very alarmed, especially after he started researching what kind of facility the County was planning to build.
In early October of 2020, the County held a small meeting at Rainbow and assured concerned residents that the plans were just preliminary. The following week a 250-page Special Use Review Application, representing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds, was filed by the County with the County for the County's approval. Since then, my husband and I have spent hundreds of hours researching and many thousands of dollars on legal fees.
The last few months have been a nightmare for us and many in the local community. The impacts of this project would be devastating for thousands of people, for the wildlife that is ever more threatened by development, and for the health and safety of everyone whose food would be grown in polluted water and with polluted products. I've learned so much about industrial composting and it is not what the industry wants us to believe.
We are still fighting for our family, the community, and Rainbow Nursery. Boulder County must keep its promise to protect Rainbow with the conservation easement in perpetuity - forever.
Nancy and Jeff Davis