“Roots to Ranches”

Cattivella’s own Elise Wiggins, chef/owner, announces new T.V. series, “Roots To Ranches”.
We are proud to announce The Urban Farm will be the second episode!

Please join us at the Sie FilmCenter for the premiere of the first episode of Roots to Ranches, a new series coming to Rocky Mountain PBS from award-winning Denver chef Elise WigginsFriday, November 15.
6:30-7:00pm: Pre-event VIP tasting (VIP tickets required). Join Elise for a tasting of nibbles featured in the show. 
7:00-7:30pm: General Admission meet and greet with Elise Wiggins and producer Jared Petsche.
7:30 – 8pm: Film Viewing – Roots to Ranches Episode 1: Squirrel 
8:00-8:30pm: Q&A with Elise Wiggins, Rocky Mountain Public Media CEO Amanda Mountain, and producer Jared Petsche.
Buy tickets here at Eventbrite.

The Board of Directors expresses our sincere thanks to Michael Nicks…. improved the Farm over the past five years.

A Note from Our Board Chair

Dear TUF Members and Friends,
On behalf of The Urban Farm Board of Directors, I am pleased to introduce Michelle Graham who has been selected as the new Executive Director starting November 4, 2019. Michelle has strong professional experience in agriculture, public health and education sectors, and has a deep passion for The Urban Farm’s mission.

Michelle has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems from the University of Colorado and has been operations manager and head farmer for a non-profit farm in Yorktown Heights, New York. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at SUNY Westchester Community College teaching courses in sustainable agriculture, has a certificate in aquaponic farming, and is an advocate for empowering youth to become ecologically literate and caring citizens.

We know you will warmly welcome Michelle as she starts in her new role. 

The Board of Directors also expresses our sincere thanks to Michael Nicks who, with exceptional effort and diligence, has improved the Farm immensely over the past five years. Mike will be meeting with Michelle over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth transition.

And thank you for your support of The Urban Farm and for sharing our mission of connecting kids to their food, land, animals and others. We are excited to have Michelle join our community of engaged citizens.
Kim Downing

Colorado Gives – Mile High Youth Corps + COMPASS


The Urban Farm, together with the Mile High Youth Corp Outreach Team,provided programming to elementary students of the Aurora summer and after school COMPASS program this year.  With the help of 5 to 6 MHYC leaders and their enthusiasm, we were able to reach 20 children in the COMPASS program each week.  This partnership allowed three different groups to learn together about the farm and about each other. 

Mile High Youth Corp helped to teach the COMPASS children about our animals, and an accompanying activity or animal craft of the day helped to further the connections and learning that was occurring.  The experience helped both MHYC and COMPASS to learn about the farm with its different animals, how to handle the animals and care for them, and the different breeds and names of our four legged and feathered friends, ie. sheep, goats, cattle, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and horses.



Thank you for reading our wonderful, real-life stories of success at TUF. We appreciate your support, both financial and in-kind. Colorado Gives Day is December 4, but you don’t have to wait, you can schedule your donation NOW



Colorado Gives – Pecos “Bill” at TUF?


The Real Life Story of Pecos – Not a Tall Tale

Pecos Hollywood Jac, (a.k.a Pecos), arrived at Harmony Equine Rescue (part of the Denver Dumb Friends League.) He was struggling to find a forever home when Colorado State University learned of his potential as a wonderful horse to work with. CSU accepted him into their program called “The Right Horse Initiative” which helps find homes for rescued horses! 

Pecos went through extensive training and was ready for his next career move. TUF found out about “The Right Horse Initiative” from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA.)  CHA created a grant to help pair their members with wonderful horses. Thanks to #certifiedhorsemanshipassociation, Pecos was able to find The Urban Farm, where all of our instructors are CHA certified…….a wonderful partnership.  In June 2018 Pecos’ new home became TUF! 

Pecos is a sweet, easy going horse and loves attention!  He has been a wonderful addition to our lesson program and is teaching students of all levels.

Pecos is an American Paint Horse and is 12 years old, but young at heart.  

The horses’ winter coats are coming in which means that seasons are changing and that Colorado Gives Day is December 4The drought this year has caused a rise in hay prices and your donation can help feed and provide horses like Pecos with top quality care. You will also be supporting students who learn so much about our five character strengths through horses like Pecos!