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The San Luis Valley in Colorado, home to Ponderosa Partnership LLC, is ranked in the top six potato producing areas in the United States, both in acres planted and production. According to the Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association, 55,000 acres of potatoes are grown in the San Luis Valley.


The San Luis Valley in Colorado, home to Ponderosa Partnership LLC, is the major barley producing region for Colorado; it produces over 85% of the state’s barley. Most of the barley grown here is malt barley; mostly being contracted to Miller Coors Brewing Co.

Forage Crops

Ponderosa Partnership LLC has a unique growing area in the San Luis Valley in Colorado with a rich, dark soil, which is excellent for forage production. We have tested our hay with animals from various areas and all reports are that the animals are attracted to our hay first.


Ponderosa Partnership has an ongoing diversified cattle operation. Most of our genetics consist of Angus/Simmental crosses that have originated from high altitude seed stock growers. We invest in proven bloodlines and focus on genetics that give us the balance of performance and quality.


    The Ellithorpe family of Ponderosa Partnership LLC has a long history of farming and ranching in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Harry Ellithorpe was a potato grower and broker in the area beginning in the mid-1930s and was one of the first USDA potato inspectors in Colorado. Harry’s son Bill later joined him, and when Harry retired, Bill’s son Rick joined the business.

     In the 1970s, after trying their hand at mining, Bill and Rick started the business that became Ponderosa Partnership by warehousing potatoes for local growers. They began packing potatoes for the military, and as part of a search for a higher quality potato and a more consistent supply, they acquired land and started growing their own potatoes.


610 East 8th Street

Center, CO 81125

Tel: 719-754-3854

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     Ponderosa Partnership LLC is always looking for people to join our team.  Our employees are the most valuable part of the company and have made it what it is today.  

     Ponderosa is involved in all aspects of farming and provides a diverse education involving all the day-to-day operations of agriculture.  We have full-time positions and seasonal positions in the spring and fall of each year. Typically we have seasonal positions available in February, August, and September.  We encourage you to apply for our team and look forward to meeting you.


     Please complete the form below to apply. If you would like to tell us more about yourself, you may print an Application. You may scan it, then upload it, bring it by our office, or mail it to us at:

Ponderosa Partnership LLC

PO Box 1108

Center, CO 81125

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