Venetucci Farm Closed For the Season
The Farm is now closed to the public. We'd like to thank our community for its generous support in making this season such a success.
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Great Pumpkin Run and Little Pumpkin Fun Run
Thanks to all who participated in the Great Pumpkin Run and Little Pumpkin Fun Run! We had over 450 runners and over100 kids participate in the Pumpkin Run. Check out the Race Results.
Venetucci Farm Summer Programs for Kids featured in the Gazette.
Every summer the education department offers a summer camp for kids. This is a great opportunity for children in grades 3-8 to come down to the farm and participate in classes, including Farm to Fork: Cooking with Kids, Farm Animals/Wild Animals and Junior Farmhands. This summer we also offered a cooking class extension for parents and campers. Parents and and campers had the opportunity to come to the farm and help create a lunch fresh from the fields.
Thanks to all who took part in all the great classess and outtings! All of our programs were sold out and a great time was had by the kids, volunteers and staff. Also of note are a couple of articles have appeared recently in the Colorado Springs Gazette about our programs. Check out the stories on Junior Farmhands and Cooking with Kids.
Venetucci Land & Legacy!
Venetucci Land & Legacy is a beautifully written account of one of our community's most treasured assets! This book includes the fascinating history of the Venetucci family as well as the impact of the farm today as a high impact program of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Books are available for a donation of $40.00 (hardcover) or $20.00 (softcover) to Venetucci Farm.
Books can be purchased at the Farm Stand on Saturdays, 9:00 -1:00 p.m. also available at Pikes Peak Community Foundation, 730 North Nevada Avenue or at Hunt or Gather at the IvyWild School. For more information, please call us at 719.389.1251.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA Shares for 2014 are now sold out.
CSA is a mutually beneficial relationship created by connecting consumers with local growers. Consumers get fresh, healthy, locally grown food and the opportunity to know exactly how it is grown. Farmers get a reliable, local, and committed market for their goods. With a preseason payment, you purchase a “share” of the season’s harvest from Venetucci Farm. As a shareholder you receive a weekly box of our fresh, seasonal produce during the 19 week season from mid June to mid October.
Venetucci Farm's Pinello Ranch Project
This project focuses on both wildlife conservation and local agriculture, offering guided birding hikes, school programs and volunteer opportunities. Funds raised will sustain our bird banding station, which allows students and the public to see science in action. In addition, the station gives ranch managers a picture of the health of the ranch. Donations will alsus build a bird blind on Wood Duck Cove, restore native vegetation for wildlife and increase our capacity for visitors.
We have produced a short video which illustrates the work being done at Pinello Ranch. Please take a moment to view it here:
To support this endeavor, please DONATE to Pinello Ranch!
Pumkins For Kids at Venetucci Farm
Registration for 2014 is now closed.
Over the last many decades, Nick and Bambi Venetucci gave away over a million pumpkins to children in the Pikes Peak region. We are pleased to keep alive this community tradition. Please visit the Pumpkins for Kids page for more information.
About the Farm
Located on the southwestern edge of Colorado Springs, this historic 190 acre urban farm, known as the “Pumpkin Farm”, was established by the Venetucci Family in 1936. Nick and Bambi Venetucci gave away thousands of pumpkins each fall to area school children. Wanting to preserve this valuable piece of land as a farm, the Venetuccis put it into conservancy and gifted it to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in 2006. Thanks to the generosity of the Venetucci Family and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Venetucci Farm is once again a working farm committed to growing healthy food and providing positive experiences for the Colorado Springs community.
What do we grow and where do we sell it?
Venetucci Farm is most famous for its large pumpkin patch and for the annual Pumpkin4Kids give-away program. In addition to this fabulous community program, we also grow over 100 different varieties of chemical-free vegetables and herbs. The farm is home to pastured heritage hogs, grass fed beef, and a large flock of laying hens. All of our products are sold locally through a CSA program, the local farmers market, Colorado Farm and Art Market, an on-site farm stand, and local restaurants including Adams Mountain Cafe, Bon Appetit, Pizzeria Rustica, Nosh, and Ranch Foods Direct. Venetucci Farm is a proud member of the Peaks to Plains Alliance.
Living Close to Home: Urban Homesteading and Sustainability Classes
Interested in a more sustainable lifestyle? Venetucci Farm has introduced a new series of lectures, classes and events called the Living Close to Home Series. Join us for a full slate of classes, including Chicken Butchering, Making Goat Cheese, Raising Backyard Chickens and Guided Birding Hikes. If you enjoy being part of the creative process behind food, these “Living Close to Home” classes are for you. Find out more.
How do we grow it?
Recognizing that "soil in good heart" is at the root of healthy plants, healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet, we employ farming practices that restore and enhance the health of the soil. Aware of the damaging effects chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides have on the ecosystem above and below the soil surface, we choose not to use them. We rely instead on minimal tillage, cover and inter- cropping, composting, diverse and rotational cropping, careful seed selection, and the integration of farm animals to help build the soil and create a healthy, diverse farm ecosystem.
How can you get connected to the Farm?
We invite the community to join us by taking advantage of the many meaningful education and volunteer opportunities we offer. In addition to our Summer Programs for Kids, we offer educational tours, classes and service learning opportunities for school and community groups in the spring and fall. We also welcome volunteers throughout the growing season.
There’s nothing more important than the health and wellness of our community. This year, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF) is putting a big emphasis on its projects which will bring food, nutrition and education to the forefront. This newsletter will contain tips, information and DIY projects from Venetucci Farm, Hunt or Gather, and Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. We hope you’ll take us up on this opportunity to learn how to grow a healthier lifestyle and promote a thriving community.
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