The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as a way to preserve an entire way of life. In the process of fighting for his ranch—keeping developers and government from carving up or condemning his land for public or private projects—Kirk became despondent and took his own life in 1998. Since then, his wife and daughters have successfully managed to have the ranch preserved under a conservation easement. This forthcoming documentary by Director Mitch Dickman and Producer Karl Kister will tell the story of the Hanna Ranch and what it means to all of us and the way we live and eat.

We spoke briefly with both Dickman and Kister of Listen Productions about the film. You can listen to our interviews here:

Mitch Dickman Interview

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Karl Kister Interview

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2 Responses to Hanna Ranch Documentary in Progress

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    Thanks for reminding us about Kirk Hannah and what everyone who loves Colorado owes forward thinkers like him. Can’t wait to see the film.

  2. Mary says:

    How do we support these brave women going forward?

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