Monthly Newsletter

December 2019 TUF Snapshot

Get to Know Our New Director

  Michelle Graham, Executive Director

Why did you choose to work for The Urban Farm and what has your journey been like? Prior to moving to Colorado I managed a non-profit farm and environmental center in New York. I loved my job, but I decided it was time to pursue my education further. After completing a masters degree at CU Boulder I accepted a position working as a 3rd party auditor, certifying food and agricultural supply chains (i.e., certified organic, gluten-free, raised without antibiotics etc.) I learned a lot about our food system, but after only 8 months I was tired of being at a desk and behind a computer screen. I was ready to get my boots back on the ground working in agriculture, community development, and education. I saw the opening for The Urban Farm and deciding to go for it! 

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have, or did you go? I received my bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, where I doubled majored in Anthropology and Geography, and minored in Dance. I completed a masters degree in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

What is your favorite Farm noise? Well, I can do a pretty good goat impression. “Mehhhhhh”

What are your hobbies & passions outside of the Farm? When I am not farming you can find me dancing, rock-climbing, crafting or traveling. 

What do you love about TUF?  I love the passion and dedication of the staff and volunteers, it is an amazing community to be joining. I also love to tell new people about TUF, they are always surprised and excited to hear there are horses, cows, chickens, and goats within the city! 

Colorado Gives Day

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like The Urban Farm at Stapleton

As you know, there is never a dull moment at the Urban Farm. Our staff and dedicated volunteers offer events, after-school programs, camps, and field-trips, all while caring for the Farm’s many plants and animals. But did you know that this past year at TUF:

  • 30% of Field-trips were FREE or provided at reduced-cost to qualifying districts
  • Nearly 500 low-income youth were enrolled in FREE after school and summer programs focused on horticulture and animal husbandry
  • 21 children were provided full-scholarship to our Horsemanship Program
  • 282 kids attended 26 summer camps and 1 session was 100% Free to children of low-income backgrounds
  • In partnership with Denver Public Safety Juvenile Services84 youth completed required community service hours with a focus on animal-based interactions to build communication, team work, and leadership skills
  • Over 750 volunteers provided 21,000+ hours of service 

Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes further on Colorado Gives Day. To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to Colorado Gives to TUF or visit our donate page now and schedule your donation ahead of time!

DONATE NOW
 

Upcoming Classes

Farming for the Future 

Learn and grow with our weekly farming & gardening class series. Sign up for one class or all six! Geared to youth 8-16 but all ages welcome. 
 
$200 Per 6 -Week Session or $40 Per Class
4:00PM – 6:00PM Thursdays in December & January 
  • Backyard Poultry – 12/5                  
  • Goats in the City – 12/12
  • Aqua & Aeroponics – 12/19
  • Caring for Cattle – 1/2 
  • Composting & Vermiculture – 1/9
  • Seeds & Starts – 1/16
Register Now

TUF is Hosting a Horse Show! 

Join us for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Hunter Jumper show this Saturday! There will be 54 riders representing 5 barns from within the Northern Colorado Region.

WHEN: Saturday December 7 from 9:00 – 2:00
WHERE: The Urban Farm

Free with regular entrance fee & Free to members. 

SAVE THE DATE :

TUF Rug & Fine Art Show

Come shop and peruse a wonderful selection of rugs, textiles, jewelry, and art. Complimentary refreshments provided. A portion of every purchase will go to support TUF. Free Entry.
WHEN: January 31 – Feb 2, 2020
Friday 5pm-8pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-2pm

WHERE: The Cube at Stapleton, 8371 East Northfield Boulevard, Denver ,CO

 

Volunteer at the Farm

Volunteer Orientation – Saturday December 21, 9:00 – 10:00
Volunteer Days: Saturdays from 10:00 – 1:00 on December 14th, 21st, 28th

SCFD Free Day

SCFD Free Day December 14.

Holiday Closures

TUF will be closed: December 24, 25, 31

Visit the Farm

Become 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.

TUF Stuff 

Visit our website for latest information and follow us on Facebook and on Instagram.

 
 

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.