Monthly Newsletter

June 2019 TUF Snapshot

 

 

From The Executive Director

Summer camps begin this week. With that, summer has officially begun: bring in the sun. These summer camps will be all about the animals and the land. For the past few weeks we have been working hard for the camps, including soaking the sheered wool from our animals to release some of the lanolin so it can be worked with. The youth will learn to cart the wool and use a drop spindle to form a piece of yarn from the wool of sheep that they will be working with on the Farm (I even tested the wool by making my own piece of yarn). We have developed our crafts and activities to better reflect the Farm, from making yarn to finding alligator-like ladybug larvae in the greenhouse.  Whether through the Equine camps or the Urban Agriculture camps, we are excited to bring the Farm alive for our youth. If you have not already signed up your child for a camp, visit our website for more information.
 
In addition, through a partnership with Aurora Public Schools, TUF has been traveling to schools through their Compass program to provide after-school and summer programs for students. This includes animal interaction and group activities that teach youth about horticulture, animal husbandry, and our character strengths. We served 104 youth in 2018 with 24 visits that were entirely free of charge in this program through our GoWild partnership which is funded through the Great Outdoors Colorado Inspire Initiative.  We have enhanced this program for the summer with our GoWild partners, Groundwork Denver and Mile High Youth Corps, who will also contribute to summer programs. This week we welcome the Compass program to the Farm as they bring out three schools for field trips.
 
It’s summer – see you at the Farm soon.

Mike

 

Horseback Riding

CALLING ALL YOUNG RIDERS! Come join us on select Saturdays June through October for our Tiny Tots (ages 5-7) and Pony Pals (ages 7-8) Classes!
 
Tiny Tots 10am-11am (ages 5-7): For the new young rider with little or no experience. Come join a fun group class and learn all about riding and horsemanship! Kids will get both mounted and unmounted instruction covering the basics of grooming, tacking, mounting as well as steering and controlling their horse! 

Pony Pals 11am-12pm (ages 7-8): For the more experienced young rider (must take a previous VYR camp or Tiny Tot class). This class is aimed at preparing kids to enter into the main riding program at TUF. Riders will learn more about independent tacking and leading of a horse as well as independent riding. Lessons will be half mounted and half unmounted.

Class Dates:

  • June 1
  • June 15
  • June 29
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • August 3
  • August 17 
  • August 31
  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 12
  • October 26

Sign up is on The Urban Farm website. Get you spots while their still available.

Volunteer Opportunties

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities this summer for you, your family, and/ or your kids, join us on June 8, 2019, from 10am-12pm for a Volunteer Open House. Come meet some of our current volunteers and the TUF kids and help out with a few chores! Our open house is a great way to learn about our volunteer program, see what kind of work you might be doing, and decide if our program is right for you! Stop by anytime between 10am-12pm. We recommend bringing a pair of gloves and water.

The Urban Farm offers volunteer opportunities you cannot get anywhere else in Denver! In an intimate farm setting, you can learn all about our different programs from 4-H to equestrian to aquaponics. Our program is great for adults and kids ages 8 and up. Volunteering is an amazing way to invest in your community and everything you do here makes an impact on the lives of the people that visit and utilize our programming.

So come meet our animals and learn why our volunteer program is so rewarding and unique.

Summer Fun 2019

Summer Fun 2019
Registration is NOW OPEN for our Summer Camps. For full details visit Summer Fun 2019.
 
URBAN AG AND RANCH Camp  
AGES 6+   
A camp designed to bring youth, the animals, and the land together. This camp has plenty of hands‐on activities that introduce kids to farm living within the city. Each day will focus on a particular area of the Farm. We will play and work with sheep and goats, chickens and rabbits, cattle, and miniature horses. We’ll also get dirty while gardening in soil and learn about growing systems of the future: Aeroponics, and Aquaponics. Check out our site for availability Summer Fun 2019.

There is a little space left in the Equestrian camps for kids as young as 5, check out our site for availability, Summer Fun 2019

We are excited to announce that this year Bluff LakeThe Urban Farm, and Sand Creek Regional Greenway are offering an exclusive summer camp experience for your middle schooler! Students will get the chance to experience all that these organizations have to offer through outdoor programming run by experienced educators.

WHEN: July 22-26, 2019 from 9am-3pm daily.

MORE INFORMATION for this collaborative camp.

Weekly Activities

The Urban Farm will offer a different activity with our animals from 10:00am–12:00pm. These activities will be Saturdays in June and July 2019. Come interact with our goats, sheep, cattle, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. We will also offer activities in the greenhouse and daily horse turn out so you can come watch our four legged equine friends run around and play.

Plant, Eat, & Get Local

We had 470 people come out for PEGL. We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you that came out to support the Farm. We also want to say thank you to all of our amazing volunteers. The event was a huge success and you helped make it possible. We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication.

Sheep & Goats

The baby goats and lambs born in February continue to grow, it’s hard to believe how little they are.

We will be showing 9 of our beautiful Lincolns at the Estes Wool Fest on Saturday June 8 starting at 9AM in Estes Park.  We would love to see you there.


4-H Update

All members are working hard with their projects for fair at the end of July. One of the biggest parts of showing at fair will be the completion of a Record Book. Participants should set goals and evaluate them as well as keep records of expenses, equipment, and medical treatment the animals receive in their Record Book. The Record Book also an essay with pictures in which kids share what they have learned and their other interests.

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

 
 
 

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

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