Monthly Newsletter

August TUF Snapshot

 

From The Executive Director

As much as we all love summer, the animals and staff are ready for cool mornings and mild nights. Bring on the fall weather!

Our summer camps and youth groups are concluding for the Summer 2018 season. As one head counselor said, “the kids change throughout the week and by the end of a session they feel like experts in mucking, walking goats, working with chickens, and other farm activities”. Each camp had its own successes.  We had help in “Storybook Farm” from librarians of the Sam Gary Branch of the Denver Public Library. The librarians were great story tellers, coming out once a week during each session to read a book and interact with the animals. Grooming Monty the donkey and having the librarian read a book about horses was a highlight of one camp. The summer equestrian camps have many participants moving into our regular 8-week evening classes. In fact, this was the greatest number of continuing students ever, a great sign for the equine programs.    
 
Thanks to all of you who made it to the Farm this summer. The community garden looks great, with only a few projects to finish up on it. The greenhouse is moving to completion and will be looking for regularly scheduled volunteers soon. We are designing new programing to continue the success of summer camps and youth groups this fall.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the Farm,
Mike

Community Garden

The community garden continues to improve and the flowers are blooming. To increase the fun, following a cool weather work day, we enjoyed a potluck and barbecue. It was great to get to know other gardeners.

The Farm tomatoes are looking fabulous; in the next week or so they should be available for sale and you can enjoy fresh, heirloom, exotic, home grown tomatoes from the Farm.

Stop by the Farm and see what we have for sale.

FarmFest 2018

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

Support of our entire TUF family to make FarmFest 2018 a huge success. This 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 grow house 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!

4-H Update

Adams County Fair: August 1-5.

We will have 16 animals shown by 8 different participants from Sheep and Goats program. 

Wednesday August 1: Hope, the feisty Nigerian Dwarf will be shown after 9am.

Thursday August 2: 8 of the Boer goats will be shown, beginning at 9am.

Friday August 3: 7 sheep will be shown, begins at 1pm.

A selection of our chickens as well as rabbits will also be participating

Please join us if you can, we love all the support we can get.

Goats and Sheep gave some of our sheep a much needed shearing.

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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