Stucki Farms: “A Great Place to Come Home”
Stucki Farms is developed by Karl Larson and South Landing Development. When Karl first contemplated purchasing this land he envisioned it as the perfect location for a large, exciting and diverse community. Karl also knew of the rich history and fragile desert surroundings in and around Stucki Farms. His vision is to enhance the natural landscape, and embrace the local heritage, which has made this area so special to those who know it.
A Rich Heritage
The land now known as Stucki Farms has had a rich history. It was originally inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans, also known as the Anasazi, or “ancient ones.” When Mormon pioneers settled the valleys of the Virgin River, they found small clusters of Paiute Indians living on the land. Legendary explorer and peacemaker Jacob Hamblin blazed a trail nearby which became known as the “Honeymoon Trail,” as it was frequently used in the late 1800′s by Arizona Mormons on their way to solemnize their marriages in the St. George Temple.
Among the early settlers of the area were a group of European emigrants sent by their religious and political leader, Brigham Young, to take advantage of the long growing season and warm temperatures in the southern reaches of the Utah territory. One family included in this group was the Stucki family. The Stucki’s settled in and near the Washington Fields area, but the land which is now being transformed remained in its virgin state until about 1960. At that time, the Stucki’s purchased the ground and began the difficult task of preparing the desert soil for agriculture. They leveled and plowed, dug canals and created holding ponds. By 1970, they owned 658 acres of land which took up most of the valley. Hundreds of acres of fruit trees were planted, including peach, plum, pear, cherry, and apple. The Stucki’s also planted 25 acres of Thompson Seedless grapes, along with some melons and tomatoes. There were 300 acres of alfalfa, with 6 cuttings per year. Ponds were filled at night from the canal and the farms wells. Watering took all day and into the night for 7 months of the year. The farm was in full productivity by 1971, and supplied produce to several large grocery chains and local markets. Locals also came to the farm to purchase produce.
As Karl Larson looks out upon Stucki Farms today he thinks about the rich heritage of this land, and is dedicated to its preservation.
“Stucki Farms, a great place to come home.”