Monthly Newsletter

September TUF Snapshot

 

From The Executive Director

Mark your calendars for FarmFest on Sunday, October 14, from 10 am to 6 pm! It will be our best year yet and we are very excited to have the support of Mike Nelson and Channel 7 News to promote this fantastic community building event. More details on FarmFest are in this newsletter. This is a Farm event you won’t want to miss!

We are also excited to have Mike Nelson’s and Channel 7’s support as we raise funds to move a National Weather Service weather station back to the Farm. Originally, the Urban Farm main building was the weather station for the old Stapleton Airport. Our goal is to locate the new weather station where the old weather station once stood. This allows meteorologists an opportunity to gather new data and compare it to the data collected from the old airport. This is a unique opportunity to provide climate insight to the Metro Denver area. Once the weather station is established, the Urban Farm will develop programing to educate and engage our community about climate and how it affects agriculture.  Not a day goes by that those of us on the Farm don’t check the weather forecast.  Weather becomes even more important as we move into winter. The horses must have their blankets on the cold nights and staff need to know if we will be breaking ice off the water troughs the next day. We have almost reached our funding goals for this project, but we need just a few more donations to push us to the finish line. If you would like to learn more, or to contribute to our fundraising for this rare opportunity, please click here  to contact us.

And finally, the Farm will be out in the community quite a bit in September and October! Look for our educational offerings with our animals at these events:

  • GoWild West in Aurora at Moorehead Park – Saturday, September 8, Noon – 4 pm
  • GoWild Refuge Day at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Preserve – Saturday, October 13, 11 am – 2 pm
  • Northfield Stapleton Candy Crawl – Saturday, October 13, 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Eastbridge Stapleton Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 20, 2 pm – 5 pm
  • GoWild Boo at the Bluff at Bluff Lake Nature Center – Saturday, October 27, 10 am – 1 pm

 
We can’t wait to see you at the Farm,
Mike

FarmFest 2018

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 14, 10am–6pm 

FarmFest is an annual event is a benefit for the animals and programs of The Urban Farm and is our opportunity to showcase the many wonderful  programs at TUF to our community. 

TUF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All proceeds from FarmFest will help us keep our animals safe and healthy and to grow our programming and educational opportunities. We are not short on ideas and enthusiasm for the vision of TUF. Some near-term projects that will benefit from additional sponsorship and fund raising include irrigation, a birthing barn, a pick-up truck, parallel structure horse pens, and creating an event space in the future.

We need volunteers! Please be on the lookout for requests to help out. We’ll need help both the day of the event and leading up to October 14 to ensure TUF is looking its best! Please also let us know if you have ideas, resources, or would like to get involved in the planning.

Community activities:

  • Meet our horses, goats, sheep, chickens, and cows
  • Learn about the farm with guided hayride tours by our own TUF kids
  • Explore with a self-guided walking tour
  • Visit our greenhouse to learn about aeroponics and aquaponics gardening.

Fun for all ages!

  • Country music singer Jesse Cornett is back by popular demand!
  • Farm and fall crafts and activities
  • Horse bounce house
  • Story time with Denver Public Library
  • And more!

The cost of admission is $40 per family (2 adults + kids) or $10 per individual. We’ll have pumpkins for sale along with food and drinks. Additional fees may apply for some activities.

Let’s make this year’s FarmFest a huge success!

The Garden: Coming In Strong

The pumpkins are growing in anticipation of FarmFest (some may even grow to 40 pounds by then), the homegrown tomatoes are ripening, and the basil was harvested and made into a yummy pesto. You can purchase organic tomatoes in exotic, heirloom, and new varieties that will rock your world. We also have pesto fresh made with organic ingredients and conveniently frozen to enjoy now and later. Fresh eggplant, peppers, and Dragon’s Tongue snap beans are also available. Stop in and purchase fresh produce. Coming soon: sweet carrots and a delicious fall produce selection.

Community Gardeners Celebrate

The Community Gardeners came together to celebrate the season with a Pesto Party. The pesto was made by Lelija Roy and Evelyn Alton and was quite delicious with a wonderful selection of side dishes and desserts.  Sarah McGregor won the best tasting tomato contest. Everyone had a good time meeting other gardeners and new people, and sharing gardening tips. Thanks to everyone who attended!


Story at 10pm! 

TUF Fall Clean-Up

September 8, 2018 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Please come help us beautify our Farm for fall.
To volunteer please sign up here.

GoWild West In Aurora & TUF

September 8, 2018 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Join TUF and our animals at this free family event at Moorehead Park, 2390 Havana St.

  • Free Food • Free Giveaways • Music • Raffle Prizes.
  • Giddy-on up & enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch of an all-beef hot-dogs, chips & watermelon.
  • Plus lots of free activities for the lil’ buckaroos:
  • Face painting
  • Inflatable water slides
  • Make & take a pine cone bird feeder
  • Backyard bass fishing
  • Learn about local trails, outdoor activities in Northwest Aurora

Volunteer Orientation

September 15, 2018 – 9:00am to 10:00am

Find out how you can get involved with TUF. We will take you on a tour of the Farm, introduce you to our programs, and help you get started on your volunteering journey.  Dress for the weather. Open to adults and minors. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Check out more information about our volunteer opportunities. 

4-H Open House

TUF 4-H OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, September 22, 2018, 11:00-12:30pm 

Interested in 4-H? Join us at the Open House where you will be able to meet our leaders and 4-Hers, find out about our animal projects and how to register for 4-H, and get a guided tour the Farm.  

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

4-H Update

The Urban Farm had a fantastic showing at the Adams County Fair! Congratulations to all our 4-H participants! 

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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Supporters

Thank you to all our generous supporters. Please click here for a full list.