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January  TUF Snapshot



From The Executive Director

The Farm has become a little quieter. One of the benefits of the farmer’s job is to be able to walk the Farm. As you approach the pens, the animals come closer, each voice in its own cadence implying a feeling. Usually “feed me” even though their little hay-filled bellies say they are full.

A rare tragic evening in January, two loose dogs were able to get into the pens in the deep of night. We lost all our goats, many sheep and a few rabbits. We have had loose dogs on the Farm before, it has not been a problem to catch them and find their owners. This time, however, it ended tragically for us and the owner of the dogs who where found on the property that next morning. The owner has forfeited the dogs and agreed to restitution. It has been a really tough time for all of us.

We will change our thinking; before we focused on how to keep our animals in and away from the roads and harm. Our metro environment changes that; we are now focusing on strengthening pens and the animals’ homes to make them safer. I enjoy the wildlife at the Farm and have no plans to exclude it. We have had a red fox, owls, hawks, and a even a beautiful bald eagle at the Farm in the past several months. We are building new chicken pens that will be fenced in to protect the flock from predators; there is still more than enough wild food on the Farm for the wildlife. We were already making these changes, but we are evaluating how to move forward faster.

My deepest gratitude and thanks to all of you who have reached out and offered support: the police, animal control, the vets, and Adams county 4H extension office, and our members, volunteers, and supporters. As one of our vets said, the Farm currently has a void but the animals will be back soon. New voices will fill the space.


How To Help

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade; or at least someone has to make lemonade! That is what has happened since the heart-rending attack on our goats, sheep, and rabbits.  We have received donations from dozens of people from all over the metro area. Thank you all so much. The outpouring of love, support, and compassion has truly been astounding. The community has shown us they care. Even the kids! Swigert International School’s fifth grade classes organized the bake sake of all bake sales. Dozens of kids took to their kitchens to make cookies, brownies, cakes—even some gluten free items—to raise money to buy a goat or sheep for the Farm. They raised more than $1300 and they raised our spirits too, so much. Thank you Swigert!!

A Tibetan saying comes to mind, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” We are taking this sentiment to heart and moving forward. Please join us as we emerge from this sadness stronger and better than ever. The first step is to allow the sheep that were competing at the National Western Stock Show when the dogs attacked, to return to the Farm. But before we do that we must re-build our fences, making the pens secure.

Want to help? Come to the Farm Saturday, February 11 from 10:00am-3:00pm. Bring gloves and wear work boots. Kids and adults are welcome and any skilled labor would be appreciated!  We look forward to seeing you on February 11.

How your friends can help: It’s easy. We are launching a special initiative to raise funds to replace our lost animals and build new, more secure, facilities to house them in.  A Special Edition Newsletter will be out next week with further details. Thank you all again so much!

4-H Update

The 4-H projects at TUF are moving right along! Our Next General Meeting is Saturday, February 11 at 11:30AM. We have newly elected Officers ready to run the Club.

Cloverbuds (ages 5 through 7) meet on the second Saturday of each month before the general meeting and explore a little of everything about the Farm. Our next Poultry meeting is February 11. The kids take care of the poultry and their homes. The Sewing Project is taking a trip to JoAnn’s to meet with the Adams County Superintendent and learn to project shop. The kids have been making bags to keep their sewing materials in. Heritage Arts Project meets on the second and the fourth Saturday of each month at 3:30PM. They are spinning away on drop spindles using wool grown by the sheep raised on the Farm. The Goat and Sheep Project (GUS) had a great time showing at the National Western Stock Show. We even have a Grand Champion White Wool Fine Hand Spinning Sheep. We hope to get all of sheep home soon. We are expecting lambs in March.  If you want to join us and participate in the Adams County Fair, you have until March 1 to get registered. Email Meri Moller for more information.

Stock Show
Vincent got Reserve Game with his BB Red Modern Game hen and Reserve AOCCL with WC Black Polish hen. Marcel, Vincent, Trinity and Connor all participated in poultry showmanship. Connor got Best Variety with his Blue Cochin hen. Congratulations!

For more information about 4-H email Meri Moller, TUF 4-H leader.


Farm Days Fun Days

Farm Days Fun Days
Saturdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm

APRIL 15  Poultry and Rabbit Fun Day – Join us in the chicken pen with our poultry and rabbit experts. Learn chicken and rabbit facts, pet our feathered and furry friends, feed the roosters and hunt for Easter eggs all around the pen, real and chocolate ones. (Free chocolate eggs. Limited supply of real eggs $6/dozen.)
MAY 6  Sheep and Goat Fun Day – Meet our goats and sheep and their new babies. Witness sheep shearing, spinning and weaving, and learn how fleece becomes a sweater.
JUNE 3 – Gardening, Aquaponics, Aeroponics,  and Bees Fun Day – Work the soil with our Master Gardener and learn about plants as you plant seeds for a “sunflower wall” and provide important food for our feathered friends. Learn about alternative gardening and join our beekeeper at the bee hives to learn how bees make honey.
JULY 1  4-H Showmanship Demo –  In the Indoor Arena – TUF 4-H members will demonstrate showmanship with goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits as they prepare for Adams County Fair in August.
AUGUST 5  Cattle Fun Day – Meet our cattle as we walk with them and groom them. Learn about milk cows and meat cattle.

SEPTEMBER 2  Horse Fun Day – Enjoy riding demonstrations by our expert, youth riders, the TUF kids. Meet our mule, miniature horses, and donkey and learn about their talents and purpose.


Get To Know Us

Welcome to the Urban Farm at Stapleton’s staff members. These souls work tirelessly to keep our Farm running, animals healthy and happy, and to bring quality programs to our community and children. We look forward to getting to know you better too.  

Debbie Venor
Equestrian Support/Volunteer Odds n Ends

Why did you choose to work for / volunteer at The Urban Farm and what has your journey been like?
I didn’t even know that this fabulous Farm existed less than 10 minutes from my house. When I was getting ready to retire, I was looking for something to do with animals, especially horses, and children. I came one Saturday morning and was put to work immediately helping with a birthday party and pony rides. That was 5 years ago and I have been volunteering ever since. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with the wonderful staff and the other volunteers at the Farm. My journey still continues!

What is your favorite Farm noise?
Actually, I like the Farm when it is quiet. All the animals have been fed and are resting. Walking among quiet animals just kind of puts you out into a countryside where there is no hustle or bustle. However, there is nothing like a friendly “neigh” from a horse when you approach and they are happy to see you.

What are your hobbies / passions outside of the Farm?
My family is very important to me so I am fortunate that my daughters live close and we get together often. One of my passions is traveling and I have been fortunate to be able to travel over the last couple of years to Belgium, Paris, Peru, and Costa Rico. I look forward to many more traveling experiences.

What is your favorite book / movie / music?

 What is your most memorable moment at TUF?
I love to read good mysteries. I’ve read several series of books by the same author that take the main character from one book to the next and love the excitement. I am reading a series now by Susan McNeal that takes place in wartime England with Winston Churchill and spies. Fun reading! I am old fashioned and still love the old musicals with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and so many lovely lady dancers. I do like the new movies but they just don’t make them like they used to. I enjoy ALL types of music. Yes, even Country!

What is your most memorable moment at TUF?
As a tour guide for 5 years, I have met many a youngster with wide eyes and little screams of joy when they first pet a goat or see a cow close up. However, my most memorable would have been this past year when Gina and I had a group of disabled adults (over the age of 25). At some of the pens, it was hard to keep their attention but when we got to the horses it was a different picture. I called Yogi, our new draft horse who at the time was not real familiar with tour groups, to see if he would come over to the fence. He was a rock star! Not only did he come over, he placed his head over the fence so that each adult could gently pet him. They were all very timid but Yogi was wonderful. The last woman to pet Yogi was very scared but she gently touched his nose and was so excited she began to cry and then hug everyone and everyone hugged everyone. It was very special to see the joy and know that something we all take for granted, petting a horse, could arouse so much tenderness and emotion.

What do you love about TUF?
The kids!! The staff and volunteers who help as much as they can to keep the Farm going and the experiences like above that make you think about how lucky we are to have a little bit of wonderfulness in the middle of a city.

Thank you Urban Farm


Summer Fun On The Farm

Registration NOW OPEN for TUF Summer Camps. The Urban Farm at Stapleton is where your child can ride horses, care for cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, grow food in soil and in water with alternative growing techniques. Ages 4-18, (11) half-day camps during 8 weeks in June and July. For full schedule and registration visit here.

Community Garden 2017

New: Co-Op Garden

Would you like to garden, but have little experience? Learn more about growing and meet new people who share your interests in gardening.

The Urban Farm at Stapleton now offers a Co-Op gardening option. Participants will meet as a group to prepare the garden beds, plant, weed, tend and share the harvest. You will garden with a Colorado Master Gardenersm, receive basic instruction, and all the seeds and plants will be provided. Register for membership in the Co-Op Garden beginning January 1, 2017.  $75 plus registration fee.

Plots for Private Lease
Current gardeners renew their garden plots first, but beginning February 1, 2017, all available plots are open for lease. Pricing remains the same; Small $75, Medium $85, Large $95; plus registration fee.

To apply for the Community Garden visit our website.

Membership Changes 

Membership Changes for 2017

Our Family Membership structure is changing for 2017. A membership is no longer required to participate in select programs, we are moving to a registration fee instead. Your registration fee provides access to your program only, e.g., class time only for an equestrian enrollment, access to the community garden only, etc. All 2016 memberships expired December 31, 2016.

If you want to access the Farm at other times, you will need to purchase a membership. A Family Membership (up to 6 persons) is $60 January–December 2017.  Your membership provides expanded access to visit our animals and enjoy the Farm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am–3:00 pm (October 1–February 28), and 10:00 am–6:00 pm (March 1–September 30). Members also enjoy pre-sale options for the annual plant sale, discount on fresh eggs, and discounts on select events and items. Non-members are charged a fee of $5 per person and have access on Wednesday and Saturday March–September during public hours.

When visiting the Farm as a member, proceed to the reception area and sign in as “member visit.”

Public Hours 

The Farm is closed to the public November–February 28. We will re-open to the public on March 1, 2017.

New Farm Hours
March 1 our new public hours are:
Saturdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm &
Wednesdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Member hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
March 1–September 30: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
October 1–February 28: 10:00 am–3:00 pm

If you would like to enjoy the Farm and visit our animals more frequently consider a Family Membership. Our membership January 1 through December 31, 2017, is just $60 for a family of 6 (that’s only $1.20 per month for 6 members!). Complete our Membership and Waiver form and we will invoice you.

Fairy Garden Fun 

Last fall parents teamed up with their child to create a fairy garden and learn about the magic of fairies in the Farm’s own Fairy Garden class. We know that fairies bring kindness and good luck and give the gift of friendship, but did you know that every time a toddler giggles a fairy is born? Fairies are fiery, flirty, and fashionably adorable. We learned so much more about fairies and follys (male fairies,) and what is required to invite a fairy to live in your fairy garden. We had so much fun we will be offering more fairy garden classes in the spring!



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Thank you to all our generous supporters

Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

Foundation Supporters 

Encana Cares Foundation (USA)

Holland and Hart Foundation

Howard and Geraldine Knaack Foundation

Robert J. Daverman Foundation

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth

Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Communities

Stonehocker Family Foundation

Verizon Foundation Volunteers Program

WW May Living Trust

Corporate and Business Supporters 

Adobe Systems

Academy Roofing

Amazon Smiles

Amish Furniture Gallery

Apollo Aquatics

Barefot Wine

The Bistro

Brannan Sand and Gravel

Cake Crumbs

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Curves of Stapleton


The Daily Scoop

Encana Oil & Gas USA

Forest City Enterprises

Grape Leaf

Grey Wolf Architecture

Happy Cakes Bakeshop

Happy Dirt

G Food 4U: Michelle Thomas

Hewlett Packard

Jim ‘Nick’s Bar-B-Q

John Elway’s Restaurants

Juice Plus


King Soopers

Ireland’s Finest Painting Company

Ivy Street Design

Lawrence Construction Company

Montgomery Family Chiropractic

Mortenson Construction

Mueller Equine Service


Pink Fog Studios

Pine Ranch

Plum Consignment

Pulte Mortgage LLC

The Real Dil

Safe & Security Enterprises

Savory Spice Shop

Sam Gary Jr. and Associates

Shamrock Printing


Swinerton Builders

The Tack Shop

Wales Land Company

Wadsworth Construction

The Western & English Sales Association

Xcel Energy


Non Profit Supporters 

4H Program, The Urban Farm at Stapleton

McAuliffe International School: Young Philanthropist’s Foundation

Aurora Symphony

Denver Academy

Denver Police Department


First Universalist Church


Stapleton Master Community Association

Young Philanthropist Foundation


Individual Supporters

Sharon Areen

Evelyn Alton

Sonia Anders

Catherine Anderson

John Ball

Jennifer Bare

Pam Bauer

Caroline Batorowicz-Vierow and Dane Vierow

Tennie Bell

Brandon Berman

Gene Bloom

Veronica Brennon

Erin and Jess Brill

William Buhlers

Amy Butler

Jonathan Candee

Thomas Candee

Karen Carlson

Laura Carr

Ann Chambers

William Clements

Caryn Collins

Sarah Connolly

Jennifer and Neil Cowan

Peggy Cuciti

Erin Daly

Ellen Dage

Cathy D’Amato

Jeff Dawson

John DeAndrea

Kristin DeMarais

Jessica Diaz

Felicia Diamond

Sarah and Charles Dodson

Evan Doukas

Kim Downing

Wendy Dressel

Gina and Jerry Dunn

Randy Egeler

Toya Ellis

Thomas Ensor

Stanley Evans

Marie Frederickson

Leslie Franklin

Michael Gallegos

Sam Gary Jr.

Valerie Gates

Jessica Gayanich

Alicia Torres Geary

Mary and Joe Gifford

Carol Glennie

Kelly Goelz

Kirk Gould

Elizabeth Gould

Kelly Guest

Leslie Haltiner

Katherine Hurlbut

Mark Jarvis

Jennifer Johnson

Elaine Kelty

Joe Kelty

Rachael Kemble

Bradley and Christine Klafehn

Susan Klopman

Sandra Kolibaba

Shauna Kruschwitz Flege

Jennifer Lackey

Sue and Ric Lassiter

Cathy LeClaire

Andrea Linzmeyer

Tom Linzmeyer

Kyle Lisabeth

Wendy Madigosky

Alice Mansfield

Amy and Paul Marrs

Sarah Martinez

Joe Mauro

James McClain

Sarah McGregor

Kit McPhail-Bowman

Bret Miller

Jesse Miller

Meri Moller

Chelsea Moller

Christina and Ben Montgomery

Rebekka Moran

Eileen and Tony Musella

Peter Naseth

Regina and Steve Nicks

Mary Parenti

Barry Patton

Cloe Patton

Stephen Paziah

Katheryn Petterson

Eileen Purnell

Joe Purnell

Suzanne Purnell

Kimberly Quintana

Mae Rauen

Sheryl Reda

Carol Ridinger

Tamarah Rodriquez

Patricia and Juan Rojas

Velma Rose

Hillary Ross

Partricia Ross

Steve Roth

Nina Shultz

John Shippey

Susan and Harold Skramstad

Carey Smith

Andreas Staubli

Kim Stromgren

Ellen Stone

Heather Taussig

Terry Taylor

Liz and Rob TenCate

Jeff Todd

Deb Venor

Carrie Vogt

Paula Wales

Deana Watkins

Bonnie Whitener

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