Finish the Barn!
A beautiful new barn now stands at Venetucci Farm - but more work is needed before this essential resource is complete. Eventually, the barn will have horse stalls, a greenhouse, storage, a root cellar, and a multi-use room. It’ll better meet the needs of our staff, animals, and produce, and provide a greater depth of education for the thousands of students of all ages who visit our farm each year.
Donations from the public will help us achieve our goal - every contribution makes a difference.
Please consider a donation to this worthy community project.
When the Venetucci family moved to the property near Widefield in 1936, the neighbors never thought they would make it. They had a worn out, overgrown ranch on their hands. The previous owners had tried to make a go of a hog operation, but the last straw was when their prize boar died. The Venetuccis bought the irrigated land and valuable water rights, along with three houses, a building to wash vegetables, the water system, corrals, and pastures. Antonio and Marguerite Venetucci brought four of their children, Tony, Nick, Joe, and Mary, who were all grown adults, to the farm. Everyone had to pitch in to keep the dream alive.
During the 60 years the Venetucci family lived on the farm, it flourished with animals and vegetables. It became a fixture in the community, in the lives of the people who bought from the farm stand, spent their summers working in the fields, or who came with their children to select the perfect pumpkin for a Halloween jack o’lantern. As the years passed and Nick was the only one left to tend the farm, it again began to decline. The barn disappeared along with the animals it housed. The vegetable fields, the corn for which they were so famous, and even the much-loved pumpkin patch were left fallow.
Since the Pikes Peak Community Foundation received the Venetucci Farm in 2004, the land has been restored. Crops grow, vegetable fields thrive, and the pumpkin patch is back. Once again, community members can buy vegetables at the farm stand, and children get to pick their pumpkins. The farm is a center for education about organic farming and sustainability. Back too are the animals. Cattle, pigs, horses, goats, and chickens are pastured and fed organic diets. Part of the diet is the organic hay grown and stored at the farm. The animals need shelter, and so does the hay, produce, and farm equipment. A barn at Venetucci will serve every aspect of life on the farm!