From The Executive Director
The daylight starts to come a little bit earlier and leave a bit later, but the cold of February makes spring seem further away than it is. At the Farm; however, there is an exception to February’s misery. Blossom, one of our sheep, is due to have her lamb on February 1, and Maine and BA (two of our Boer goats) will have their kids soon after. The Farm will start to lighten up with the voices of lambs, kids, and one calf: the magic before spring, much appreciated on these cold days. It isn’t just limited to the next month, either; animals are scheduled to be born all the way to June this year.
Be looking out for the postings on Facebook, Instagram, and the website, for daily Farm activity. With snippets from our various programs, you will be able to watch horses go to turn out or be exercised, meet with the staff, or help walk the goats and sheep around the Farm for their exercise! Every day there will be a new activity that you can either watch or help with. There will also be at least one staff member available for discussions. These daily activities will start in April and will occur at specific times during normal business hours (Tues-Thurs and Sat, 10 am to 1 pm).
Every Friday night after feeding the animals, my daughter and I pick up pizza at Papa Murphy’s in Stapleton, 10355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. If you want to stop by, go east on Havana from the Farm. Turn on 31st Avenue (right before Martin Luther King Blvd) and it will be on your left. They have great pizza and have been strong supporters of TUF. We are partnering with them on a new fundraiser – come to TUF to purchase their Peel and Deal card for $5 which offers up to $50 dollars of savings. You’ll get wonderful pizza while you support our programs through your card purchase.
We hope to see you at the Farm,
TUF Pop-Up Market
February 9, 2019, 11am–3pm
A Benefit for TUF at The Cube at Stapleton at 8371 Northfield Boulevard.
- Hand-crafted Turkish kilims
- Pillow coverings
- TUF logo items (aprons, t-shirts, hats, water bottles)
- Fresh eggs (if our hens feel like laying some)
- Our champion Lincoln Sheep
- Other surprises both Turkish and Coloradoish!
There’s not a whole lot of difference between raising sheep in Turkey and at The Urban Farm at Stapleton. We raise them with lots of love and good food, shear them, we make the wool available for weavers and then we weave rugs! Ok. TUF isn’t weaving rugs, yet! Instead our good friend, Hamza from Istanbul, will be in town to help us raise money for TUF programming!
Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Regionals
The Urban Farm’s IEA team (TUF Legacy) will be competing at Zone 8 Regionals this weekend (February 3) at Hobby Horse Farms in Firestone. We have several individuals and the whole middle school team competing! The top 3 riders from each division, as well as the top 3 middle and high school teams, will go on to compete in March at the Zone 8 Finals in Arizona.
Equine Schooling Show Series
The Urban Farm Equine Program will be hosting their 2nd Annual TUF It Out Schooling Show Series starting this month!
Are you interested in competing in the Dressage, Open, or Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show? The first show is coming up on February 16. For more information and to get an entry form visit our Schooling Show page.
Riders from the program, as well as outside barns, will compete in Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, and Open show classes. All are welcome to join and watch the fun. The kids will be participating for points that will be added up. At the final show in May, based on the number of points accumulated, special awards and championships will be given out. For more information about our shows and how you can volunteer or watch, please visit our page on The Urban Farm website.
Stock Show 2019
Goats and Sheep had a fantastic time at the Stock Show.
We had 3 members show market lambs with 565 lambs from 22 states! It was a zoo needless to say, but we had fun!
All of the Farm’s Lincoln’s were shown during the Breeding show. All of our 13 members participated in showing them, all of our animals won ribbons.
Ada, our lone white Lincoln won Grand Champion White Handspinning Ewe.
We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the kids and lambs that are due during February. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to keep up to date with the Farm’s new additions.
Summer Fun 2019
Summer Fun 2019.
This year we have half-day Equestrian camps for kids as young as 5, as well as full-day camps for kids aged 8 and up. We also have full day Urban Ag & Ranch camp for kids aged 6 and up. Registration is NOW OPEN for our Summer Camps. For full details visit Summer Fun 2019
Community garden plots for lease
Beginning February 1 the TUF community garden will have a limited number of garden plots available for lease. Currently the registration is open to those on the waitlist. If there is not a plot available to lease, please be sure and put your name on the waitlist.
February 16, 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 or RSVP here
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Our public hours are Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 10:00am–1:00pm
Come visit the animals, $5 per person.