David Jessup

David Jessup

Loveland, CO
United States
Fellow Year: 
2011 - 2012
Cohort
3
About David Jessup

David is co-owner of Sylvan Dale Ranch, a 3500-acre working dude ranch west of Loveland that raises grass-fed beef for local sale. David’s fellowship will allow him to test two soil restoration strategies, mob grazing and compost tea application, on an irrigated hay field where decades of hay removal has depleted the soil. Working with university and government collaborators, he will measure changes in soil quality indices and analyze the potential value of these improvements for a ranchland ecosystem services market for Colorado and the U.S. West. His report will be applicable to soil restoration, conservation and grazing land management for private and public lands.