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Edwards’ Knapp Ranch expands its staff

Lulu Garton
Special to the Daily

Knapp Ranch in Edwards recently announced two staffing additions.

In the 1980s, Knapp Ranch became a place of innovation, creativity and quiet industry, propelled by the vision of Bud and Betsy Knapp to preserve the beauty and health of the land, water, and wildlife.

The couple researched and applied sustainable practices across a variety of environmental disciplines. These areas of exploration include high-yield farming at 9,000 feet, fostering biodiversity through land, water and forest management, and climate change science. Today, Knapp Ranch works to supply seasonal produce, honey and other agricultural products to regional markets, restaurants, and local chefs.

Lulu Garton, Knapp Ranch’s new sales representative, is a longtime Vail Valley resident who will work to bring new area restaurants onboard with the Ranch’s microgreens and petite green business as well as work on honey sales.

Garton’s past professional work includes sales and marketing roles for What To Do Magazine, Timberline Tours and KQMT Radio and Television. Garton earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Colorado.

Claire Thayer, a Knapp Ranch staff member since 2016, has been promoted to director of special projects and hospitality. Thayer brings to this new position her understanding of the mission at Knapp Ranch and attention to detail.

Most recently, Thayer oversaw the team production, marketing and promotional efforts of the new Knapp Ranch book, “Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks,” as well as the installation of the Art Walk at the ranch. Thayer graduated from the University of British Columbia before working in the Corporate & Foundation Relations Department at Harvard University, the Vail Valley Foundation and Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail.

Knapp Ranch has a new Eagle location, which will help expand the ranch’s farming business into the Roaring Fork Valley. The ranch also features a fruit orchard and beekeeping operation.