Irrigated Farmland

When Peter, Conrad and Chuck Firestien farmed the land, they grew corn, barley, pinto beans, potatoes, alfalfa hay and sugar beets. All the crops were irrigated with the nearby irrigation lateral.

Conrad’s youngest son, Gerald Firestien, and grandson, Mark Firestien, still farm the remaining 40 acres of farmland. They continue to raise corn and alfalfa hay on this land and irrigate with water from the nearby irrigation lateral.

Gated pipe being used to irrigate a corn field.

The first ditch to divert water from the Poudre River was established in 1860. The development of irrigated farming and sugar beet cultivation were all critical to the development of Greeley and Weld County. Conrad Firestien grew sugar beets for over 30 years for the Von Trotha brothers.

The nearby irrigation lateral historically provided water for the original 180 acre farm and continues to provide water for irrigating the remaining 40 acres of farmland.

Take the Farm Trail and walk along the ditch to the west to observe numerous checks, flumes and head gates along the ditch for controlling and measuring water.


Question: Where does your drinking water come from?

Greeley’s water starts as “pure Rocky Mountain snowmelt”! See the following websites for more info on water resources in Northern Colorado:

City of Greeley

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District: