Monthly Newsletter

January 2019 TUF Snapshot

 

From The Executive Director

It has been a wondrous year at the Farm with both highs and lows intertwined. We have an incredibly dedicated staff that put their hearts into the place and have created a great environment. We have seen increased programming to now consist of 3-track curriculum in our equestrian, animal husbandry, and horticulture programs; however, these improvements come with increased costs. Horticulture and our unique state-of-the-art greenhouse, boasting aeroponics (courtesy of Cynthia Gompers and Juice Plus+) and aquaponics systems, will be the focus of new programs in 2019. 

Our broad range of farm-related activities include an extensive horsemanship program, field trips for school-aged youth, service learning, summer camps, TUF Kids Leadership program, the Denver Department of Public Safety youth program, 4-H, community gardens, and GoWild programming in Northeast Metro Denver (GOCO money being used in your own backyard!). Our summer camp programs will be coming out in January, so keep your eyes out for those.
 
Alongside programming, we also have the care of the animals. I have included pictures of my daughter and me feeding them on Christmas Eve. For the past few years, I have somehow consistently ended up with the Christmas Eve night feeding, and Andrea, our Equine manager, has always taken Christmas morning shift. This year, we brought treats (peppermints and pumpkins for the holiday season) for the animals and took some pictures. We hope you enjoy them.  

We both enjoy feeding the animals and it is always special on the winter nights, with the festive mood and invigorating weather. My daughter has fed the animals with me every Friday night over the years, mostly because it has been a hard shift to fill.  She has learned the responsibility of taking care of the animals, blanketing the horses, and looking for signs that somebody may not be doing well. It is one of the most important jobs on the Farm. 

I am always surprised that we’ve come this far, remembering when she started riding horses at the Farm when she was eight years old. This position has given me a lot of quality time with her over the years. It’s hard to believe she will graduate high school this spring and, in the blink of an eye, be at college next fall. Fortunately, I still get to feed the animals with her until then!
 
To close out 2018 and Holiday season, please consider donating to the Urban Farm:

Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, God bless you. 

~A Christmas Song, Norman Williams

Cheers to a great 2019! 
Mike






HELP THE ANIMALS TODAY

Community Gardening

Community garden plots available
A limited number of plots are available for lease in our community garden. We have a new pest control fence that had much success in our gardens last year. We have also added pollinator beds with annuals and perennials; which saw a lot of activity last year, including two hummingbirds visiting regularly.

Returning gardeners in good standing may reserve their plot through January 15, 2019. Plots will be open to those on the waiting list from last year from January 16 to January 31. After January 31, any remaining available plots will be open to the public for lease. If a plot is not available, please be sure to request that your name be placed on the waiting list. Plots cannot be held past the deadline.

This year a limited number of raised beds will be available for rental. These beds allow you to garden while standing up. Priority for these beds will be given to gardeners with physical need as a priority and then open to any gardner.

The Urban Farm also utilizes space in the garden for programmatic purposes. If you have a group that would like to participate, please click here to contact Evelyn.

For gardeners with pre-registration privileges and those on the waiting list, a private link will be sent to you. Beginning February 1, 2019, a link will be placed on our website available for everyone.

4-H Update

Goats and Sheep are preparing for Stock show.

We have members competing in llamas and alpacas. They will start at noon on Saturday, January 12 for both alpacas and llamas and 2pm for llama performance. Alpaca performance is 2pm on Sunday January 13. As with any livestock show it can go later than the schedule, make sure to check the online schedule, which might be closer to actual times (but never guaranteed!). 

We have 3 members competing with market sheep. Saturday January 19 at 4pm is showmanship for market sheep. Market sheep will be shown on  Sunday, January 20.

All of the Lincoln sheep will be shown during the Breeding show the last weekend of the Stock Show. Sunday, January 26 is the Wool Sheep and 10am is a good guess as to the time our kids will show.

For more information about 4-H, email Amy Marrs, TUF 4-H leader.

Visit The Farm

We have new Farm hours for your visiting pleasure. Consider becoming a member and enjoy wider access, free entry, and discounts on eggs, T-shirts, and more, click here.

Open to the Public
Our public hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10:00am–1:00pm 

Come visit the animals, $5 per person.

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