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June TUF Snapshot

 

 

From The Executive Director

It is time to explore the farm as the warm weather arrives:

  • The kid goats and lambs are growing and Moxie, the Nigerian dwarf goat, is due anytime
  • The cows have all moved into the back pen and are no longer escaping their pen daily
  • Chicks are all healthy and growing quickly
  • The beehives are active

The old hoop house site is transforming into a greenhouse, beginning with concrete for the poles. Summer camps start next 
week and we are excited to see all the new and returning bright faces! And finally, we are building a new fence for our active community gardens. 

There is a lot going on and we hope to see you at the Farm.

Cheers,
Mike


Time to Celebrate

We have quite a bit of celebrating to do. Join us on Saturday, July 22, 2017, for our Grand Celebration & Barn Dance, 5–10 pm at The Urban Farm at Stapleton.
 
Winter 2017 was rough with the loss of our herd of goats. But, the tears have been overwhelmed by the pure joy of rebuilding a better, stronger, safer, and smarter home for them.
 
Our supporters have been amazingly generous with their time and contributions. Now, it’s time to celebrate! Here are some ways we plan to celebrate on July 22:

  1. Official naming of new goats
  2. Opening of our newly constructed greenhouse
  3. Official opening of our newly built headquarters for our sheep and goat herds
  4. The NEW HENHOUSE
  5. Dancing with Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame artist Rudy Grant and The Buffalo Riders
  6. An authentic farm-to-table dinner

Please join us to support our expanding programs.

The naming ceremonies will be held from 5pm–6pm. Dinner and dancing begin at 6 pm.  Live Auction at 7PM. We can’t wait to see you there!
 
$30 per person/$10 per kid under 16


Calling all Volunteers

We are looking for many humble hands to help make all of our work light and fun. We have several opportunities throughout the Summer to volunteer at TUF.

Saturday, June 24 – 9am to 1pm: We will be finishing our new chicken coop and building a fence around it. All hands on the poultry deck. As a thank you, a hug and lunch will be provided at 1pm.

Other dates will be July 21, August 20, and September 9.

To sign up to volunteer for any of these dates click here


 
 

Farm Days, Fun Days

10:00am–12:00pm $5 admission per person, aged 2 years and older. Members FREE.

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.

 


GoWild Scholarships 

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. 

 


Hail No!

Hail NO!  We won’t give up!

Have you been the unfortunate victim of hail in your garden?  We have healthy tomato plants available for planting. Stop by The Urban Farm, plants are available for a donation.


2017 Plant Sale

Thank you for supporting the Farm with your plant sale purchase. The variety descriptions will remain on our website for a period of time. Look for a link on the garden page in July, we would love your feedback on the varieties you purchased. This will help us to determine which varieties to focus on for next year, to make sure we have your favorite!

 

 

4-H Update

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


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.  

Mariah Ehlert

Newsletter Gal & Occasional On-Call Photographer


Why did you choose to work for/volunteer at The Urban Farm and what has your journey been like?
The Farm offers so many potential paths, and I was looking for creative ways to explore my nutrition degree and be involved with a nonprofit. It has been really fun getting to know the different aspects of the Farm, from the volunteers to the staff, to all the programs and events, and of course the babies born on the Farm.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have? 
I went to school in Minnesota. I have an undergraduate in Liberal Studies, a Masters in Nutrition Therapy, a certificate in Digital and Graphic Design, and few hundred art and photography classes, workshops, and mentors (it’s a long list). And I even taught horseback riding one summer at a YMCA camp in MN. 

What is your favorite Farm noise?
I love the crunch the hooves make in straw and dirt, and the ‘snuffs’ of the animals sniffing me, or their environment. 

What are your hobbies / passions outside of the Farm?
Hobbies and passions: learning, I’m an avid reader, class taker, new-stuff tryer. I love to play board games, knit, bellydance. I love to hike, especially with my two border collies. My full time gig is as a Portrait Photographer, in a gorgeous renovated old church studio, on a mission to create incredible portraits to last generations. You can check out my work & get a free consultation as a TUF newsletter subscriber HERE. Or email me.

What is your favorite book / movie / music?

 
There’s no way I can pick my favorite book. But one of the most fun fiction ones I’ve re-read even is Ready Player One. Movie: Star Wars. Music: I love a ton of types, and hate few, if any. It really depends on my mood. The Hamilton musical soundtrack is incredible.

What is your most memorable moment at TUF?
Definitely being able to crawl into the pens and photograph some of the new babies! FarmFest is a blast too.   

What do you love about TUF?
I love the community at the Farm, and how everyone works so hard to create incredible experiences for kids and adults. And of course, I’m a big cheerleader for growing food and eating well! 

Thank you Urban Farm

 


Farm Hours 

Public hours:
March 1–September 30:
Wednesdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Member hours:
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. 


TUF STUFF

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Supporters

Thank you to all our generous supporters. Please click here for a full list. 


 

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!

 

 

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