Work and Learn Experience
Working at the Farm is not only a rewarding learning experience but it can also be ground breaking. AmeriCorps NCCC and Leadership Corps are just two of the many organizations which choose to spend their time participating in Service Learning opportunities in our farm setting. Sometimes, they work in the chicken run building fences, other times they explore holes and learn about plumbing and irrigation.
Denver Diversion Program also visits the farm once each week. This group is made up of 14-18 year olds within the Denver Department of Corrections.They spend time at TUF completing farm chores, learning about animal care, and basic math in the form of construction trades curriculum
We rely on support from donors like you in order to provide opportunities such as these. Through your generous giving we’ll be able to host many more schools and groups who desire to donate their skill, talent and time to their community and to our shared cause.
TUF Stories of Success
6 years ago Juan began his 4-H journey at TUF. Watch a short video of Juan from 2014 and then read about what he’s doing now.
Today Juan Rojas is a 19 year old with a flourishing, new career. Only a year ago Juan graduated from 5-Star Farrier School in Oklahoma but he already has a healthy clientele. Juan is back at TUF but no longer a 4-Her, he is now responsible for the care of our horses’ hooves, which is indispensable to equine health. We are all very proud of Juan and very lucky to have him back.
Our next story is about a Belgian Draft horse named Yogi. In his previous career in Kansas, Yogi was an integral member of an eight-horse team. Due to unknown circumstances the team ended up on the auction block and all but Yogi were adopted. Yogi was blind in one eye and at a risk of being sent to a slaughter. One, big-hearted cadet from the Air Force Academy saved Yogi from an unthinkable fate, while at the same time hoping that he would make a great Western dressage competitor. After being rehabilitated and trained, Yogi did not excel in dressage, but he was a gentle giant and ready for another career path. TUF was in need of a stronger horse for our equestrian program and so Yogi found a new and perfect home with us. Lots of love and scratches behind the ears have left Yogi ready to work. Today he is ridden by children from beginners to advanced.
We rely on support from donors like you in order to provide such amazing opportunities for kids and animals alike. Through your generous giving we’ll be able to support programs that impact your community and the lives of kids, like Juan.
Field Trips, Camps and Educational Outreach
Have you noticed lately that we seem to be “tethered to the cloud”? We rely on our e-gadgets on a daily basis, and sometimes to the extreme. Well, here at The Urban Farm we have a cure for this epidemic called Tetheritis Cloudis (ok, we made that up). A Field Trip at TUF is like a rejuvenating spa for the mind. We offer hands-on activities that are sure to keep everyone’s hands on an animal or on a shovel, instead of on the phone, and one’s mind on simpler things in life.Students from the Colorado Academy are mucking a sheep pen during a field trip
A member of Nostalgia Group, Inc. is receiving much needed goat therapy during his visit to TUF.
One of our wonderful partners is GOCO. Through funding from Go Outdoors Colorado, we are able to provide a piece of farm education to children in after-school programs such as Compass in Aurora, CO.
TUF also offers Summer Camps where keeping one’s head in the cloud is acceptable as long as your feet are on the ground with the horses, pig or our other four legged creatures. At our Storybook Farm camp we believe that dreaming big is a must and fulfilling those dreams is possible at the Urban Agriculture and Ranch camp where children hold ducks and chickens, not phones.
TUF in a hay bale (nutshell)
We hope that you enjoyed reading our TUF stories over the past month as much as we enjoyed writing them. We believe that The Urban Farm is a place like no other in Denver and we are working hard to keep our mission alive. By now you probably know that our programs inspire, educate, entertain, and help us all to grow in many ways. So what do we offer?
OUR PROGRAMS IN 2017
- Horsemanship Program – 122 children served
- Summer Camps / Workshops – 181 classes held
- Educational Outreach / GOCO after school program
- Youth Groups – TUF Kids, Denver Diversion Program, 4-H Club – over 150 youth participated on a weekly basis throughout the year
- Field Trips / Tours – over 4,000 individuals visited the Farm in 2017
- Volunteering – over 750 individuals provided 21,000 hours of volunteer work
- Service Learning – various Middle and High Schools served
- Community Garden / Co-op garden
- Aeroponics and Aquaponics
We know that many organizations are knocking on your door today. We thank you for your support which will help us to continue providing quality education and unique, urban experience in the areas of life, natural and animal sciences, agriculture, environment, and sustainability.