Apr 10, 2013 8:13 PM by Bill Folsom
The drought in southern Colorado is threatening a decades long tradition. The Venetucci farm has raised and then given pumpkins to local kids for years, but this year's water shortage is impacting water rights at the farm.
Due to complex water laws, the water rights on the land require leasing water and the usual source has dried up. "They sent us a letter about four or five weeks ago that said here's you allotment-zero," said Pikes Peak Community Foundation Director, Michael Hannigan. The foundation which runs the farm since the Venetucci family retired was suddenly scrambling to find another water source.
A plan is in the works for a one year water lease from a family that does not plan to use their water rights this year. A long term solution is buying back some of the farms surface water rights. The problem is it could cost as much as two million dollars.