Kirby House Argo, LLC

Leading Edge helps entrepreneur turn hobby into business

960 Main St. Sanford, CO 81151

719-298-0106 Visit Website

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden … But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.”1 This quote by our third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, sums up how Paul Niebel feels about his love of gardening after a varied and interesting career. Paul has been living in the San Luis Valley for about 18 years and in his retirement, decided to turn his hobby into a small business. He officially opened Kirby House Agro, LLC, and just completed the Leading Edge business training series.

“What I liked most about the classes was that they stimulated my movement forward and provided tools and ideas to better organize and run my business.”
Paul Niebel

His greenhouse is behind the historic Kirby House, a well-known Sanford icon. In fact, his brother-in-law’s grandparents were the Kirbys and many folks around the area remember them fondly.

At Kirby House Agro, you can purchase drip irrigation systems, flowers (both annual and perennial), vegetable seeds, and starters. He grows everything from seed and only sells what will grow in the dry, alpine climate. He is not out to compete with other greenhouses, but to work in collaboration. His philosophy is two-fold—have fun and educate others.

Paul is a Vietnam veteran who has worked professionally as a nurse, EMT, potato inspector, and wilderness youth instructor. He is married to Delores, who will be retiring from 28 years of teaching and is a native to the area. They met at a dance in New Mexico. Paul loves to waltz and was impressed with Delores’s dancing. His bachelor’s degree is in history and archeology from the University of New Mexico, so if you have time, he will also tell you about some of the heritage plants and the story of what makes them special, rare, beautiful and interesting. He sells the dry bean called the “Manassa Martin,” which was brought to the Valley by the early Mormon Pioneers.

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