It has been a busy spring at the farm and we are sending out a huge thank you to all of you who have been volunteering at the Farm.
We have planted 15 trees, 6 Lindens, 4 Elms and 5 Honey locust. Thanks to Gene Bloom and Stan Cook for over seeing the project, and The ParkPeople.org for donating the trees to TUF. The battle to protect them from the prairie dogs and rabbits has officially begun.
CSUnity day provided volunteers who, with TUF 4H, started building structures for the new goat and sheep enclosure.
Coming in May
We started designing a new greenhouse in 2015 and have finally moved to the build stage. We are anticipating it will take about a month to build the structure. Then we’ll need volunteers to get the aeroponics and aquaponics systems, humidity control, temperature, and ventilation systems all up and running correctly.
The community garden is up next with a new fence and upgrades.
We are also working to finish new chicken coops, one for TUF and one to use with our diversion, pretrial, and probation group program.
Again, thanks to all of you for your support. We hope to see you at the Farm soon.
The sun is out and it’s time to plant the veggie garden! Colorado Master Gardener℠ Evelyn Alton has grown a variety of tomatoes, peppers, basil and eggplant.
We feature Heirlooms, popular hybrids, heirloom marriages, and many varieties you won’t find in retail markets. We use non-GMO and organic seed (where possible) from companies who have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. And, we apply organic products and growing methods.
The Farm is located at 10200 Smith Road in Denver (just west of Havana on Smith Road).
TUF Members are invited to a pre-sale on Wednesday, May 17 from 4:00–7:00 pm.
The Farm’s Annual Plant Sale is set for May 18 and 19, 10am–7 pm and on Saturday May 20, 10am–6pm.
New this year! Colorado Master Gardener℠ will give hands-on planting demonstrations at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm.
You can become a member too, click here, and get in on the early action!
Admission: Public $5 per person 2 years old and over. Members FREE.
Sheep and Goat Fun Day – Saturday, May 6 at 10:00am – 12:00pm. Meet our goats and sheep and their new babies. Witness sheep shearing, spinning and weaving, and learn how fleece becomes a sweater.
Gardening, Aquaponics, Aeroponics, and Bees Fun Day – Saturday, June 3 at 10:00am-12:00p. 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.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) encourages an active outdoor lifestyle. Apply for a GoWild scholarship to lease a garden plot in our Community Garden. Get the entire family involved and learn gardening skills to grow healthy, nutritious food. Evelyn Alton, Colorado Master Gardenersm will help GoWild gardeners learn new skills. New gardeners and experienced gardeners welcome. GoWild scholarships restricted to the following zip codes: 80010, 80022, 80205, 80207, 80216, 80239, 80640 Apply today, scholarships are limited.
During the TUF Plant Sale demonstrations on how to plant tomato plants for optimum growth and yield will be held at 11:00am, 2:00pm, and 5:00pm each day of the plant sale (May 18, 19, 20). Demonstrations will include proper handling, care, fertilization, and maintenance, in addition we will also cover a non-traditional planting method
Moms and Dads paired up with their children and everyone used their imagination to create a fairy garden. Gina Dunn, floral designer, and Evelyn Alton, Colorado Master Gardenersm, teamed up to guide fairy seekers to create their very own fairy habitat following the rules of design and fantasy.
For more information about 4-H email Meri Moller, TUF 4H leader.
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.
Why did you choose to work for / volunteer at The Urban Farm and what has your journey been like?
I first came to the Farm when my daughter, Monica, was 5 years old for horses. Monica quickly fell in love with sheep. We were soon owners of a sheep and that was just the beginning. I had no livestock experience. I was so out of my comfort zone I began to immerse myself in everything I could learn. Learning with and watching my daughter grow into a wonderful person was an experience I wanted to give to others kids.
Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I have a masters in chemistry from the University of Nebraska.
What is your favorite Farm noise?
What are your hobbies / passions outside of the Farm?
I love to go to workout, garden, and work on my house.
What is your favorite book / movie / music?
I don’t have a favorite book, my favorite author is Isabelle Allende. My favorite movie is The Professional. I like all music except for jazz.
What is your most memorable moment at TUF?
My most memorable moment at TUF was watching Nyla and Ashley win grand and reserve champion goat showmanship.
What do you love about TUF?
I love that inner city kids can come and experience agriculture. I find endless joy watching them learn and grow into amazing ambassadors for the agriculture industry.
Thank you Urban Farm
March 1–September 30:
Wednesdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
March 1–September 30:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–1:00 pm
October 1–February 28:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Members can visit the Farm for free as part of their membership benefits. Consider a Family Membership for $60/year. Learn more here.
Update on the Goat the Sheep Rebuilding Initiative
As you know from our newsletter, or from the recent media attention, we have suffered a great loss to our animal population and to the programs they supported. We intend to fill that void with new life and a directed focus on our responsibility to our new animal residents, to those who care for them, and those who learn from them.
We have received an outpouring of support from our community that has heartened us and given us strength during this difficult time. We have received over $10,000 in contributions to help us rebuild. This will greatly help toward covering the cost of a completely new fenced enclosure and will start us down the road to replacing our animals.
With over 40 volunteers helping, we have constructed a temporary secure fenced area for our remaining goats and sheep, and were able to bring them home last weekend.
Construction of a new, secure fence and gates will begin shortly.
We will replace our goats and sheep with particular types of high quality animals that can help us fulfill our mission in the most effective way. Our goat herd will consist of two specialized types of goats—Boer Goats and Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Each type of goat brings special qualities to the Farm. They will be used in our Field Trips, Storybook Farm, Fiber Arts, Animal Husbandry, and 4-H Programs. (Look for Goat Yoga in the future!)
Prices vary, but here are some parameters on what it costs to replace our herd:
• Nigerian Dwarf Goat: $300-$600 each, our goal is 5 goats.
• Boer Goat: $400-$900 each, our goal is 4 goats.
• Shetland Sheep: $600-$1000 each, our goal is 3 sheep.
With a donation of $1000 or more you get to name one of the new animals!
Looking Forward. In addition, our goal is to build a birthing barn to allow our animals to give birth in a safe, quiet, heated shelter. This will also allow our program participants and visitors a new and unique visitor experience at TUF. We estimate the cost of such a facility to be in the $30,000 range. We will keep you advised on our plans for the birthing barn.
We are also considering the addition of Livestock Guardian Dogs who have been used for centuries to protect flocks of sheep and herds of goats, calves, poultry and other livestock. Livestock Guardian Dogs stay with the group of animals they protect as a full-time member of the herd. They blend in with the flock and/or herd, watching for intruders. The mere presence of a guardian dog is usually enough to ward off predators. Livestock Guardian Dogs could also be integrated into our educational programs to teach how dogs can have a career as working animals.
HOW YOU CAN DONATE. We have made it simple! Click at the DONATE button. You will be able to specify if you wish to donate to the goat and sheep initiative or you can make a general contribution to our operations. With a donation of $1000 or more you get to name one of the new animals!
Other fun options: take a page out of Swigert International School’s fifth grade classes and organize a group donation—Bake sale? Car wash? Pledges? Whatever works for you!
Thank you so much from all of us, from the kids and families we work with, and from the animals. We are glad to have you aboard!