Monthly Newsletter

November 2019 TUF Snapshot

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

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 Wiggins.  Friday, 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.

SAVE THE DATE: TUF Rug & Fine Art Show

Save the Date: January 31-Feb 2, 2020. The Urban Farm Rug & Fine show; an International Rug & Fine Arts sale benefitting The Urban Farm.

The Cube at Stapleton
8371 East Northfield Boulevard, Denver ,CO
 
Opening reception:  Friday, January 31, 2020, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 10am-2pm
 
Sponsored by Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Noah’s Ark Rugs & Kilims, Istanbul, and The Cube, Stapleton

Giving Tuesday: SAVE THE DATE

December 3.
We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back.  #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.  

DONATE NOW ON FACEBOOK

Why should you donate to The Urban Farm?

Our wonderful staff is currently distributing feed to our animals in a great summer vehicle, the Kubota. However, during the cold days of -10 deg windchill, the Kubota can be very frigid indeed, because it does not have a windshield or doors. Let’s help our amazing farm women to stay warm by contributing towards the purchase of Lexan Polycarbonate Hard Doors, windshield, and back panel. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every little bit helps.

By supporting our staff and helping to make our work a bit easier during these cold, winter months, you are in turn supporting OUR MISSION: The Urban Farm inspires excitement for learning through practical work experience in a farm setting while fostering respect, responsibility, curiosity, caring and grit.  THANK YOU!

If you cannot give through Facebook you can always donate through #ColoradoGives.org 

Donate Now Through ColoradoGives.org

 

 

Becoming a Volunteer

If you are looking for a fun and fulfilling activity, we would love to have you volunteer at the Urban Farm.

We offer an abundance of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals whether you are looking for something just for the summer or year round. Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity for adults and kids ages 8 and up.

Our volunteer opportunities include:

  • Adopt a Pen: If only animals could clean up after themselves, right? Our horses aren’t quite ready for that but if you are interested in adopting a pen and getting to know one of our equine friends, our volunteer coordinators can get you set up.
  • Children’s Garden: Kids love to play in the Children’s Garden and we want to keep it beautiful and clean to continue providing a great place for kids to play and parents to relax in the shade.
  • Greenhouse: Our new greenhouse is beautiful and we are looking for gardeners who can help showcase the outside.
  • Community Garden: The Farm plots need tending to and the plants need to be harvested for our TUF mercantile.
  • Poultry: We just put the finishing touches on our final coop but our coops always need cleaning and regular maintenance to keep them looking their best for our winged friends.
  • Goats and Sheep: With six new babies joining our TUF family, we have a lot going on with our goats and sheep. Come clean a pen, walk a goat, and help keep them happy and healthy. 

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
1. Attend one of our Volunteer Orientations.
2. Become a TUF member.
3. Fill out background check (adults only)
5. Start volunteering

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation Dates
All are 9:00am-10:00am

  • September 21, 2019
  • October 19, 2019
  • November 16, 2019

4-H Update

New Year of 4-H has started

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

 
 
 

Visit The Farm

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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Urban Farm is established and maintained by The Urban Farm, a Colorado non-profit corporation, for the people of the City and County of Denver and for the general public in cooperation with the Denver Parks and Recreation Department.