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. In later years, Nick and Bambi Venetucci were known for giving away thousands of pumpkins each fall to area school children. The Pikes Peak Community foundation is thrilled to keep that tradition alive today.
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 a working farm committed to growing healthy food and providing positive experiences for the Colorado Springs community.
We use our head, heart, and hands to grow and distribute healthy food for our community in a way that conserves, protects, and restores the natural environment. We provide meaningful educational and volunteer work experiences to re-connect people with the source of their food, to foster community awareness of food issues, and to enhance community health. We honor the legacy of Nick and Bambi Venetucci, and the spirit of generosity reflected in the principles of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
What’s Happening on the Farm in 2017?
As trustees of this valuable community asset, we at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation are currently engaged in a process of exploring options for the long-term health and vitality of the farm. We are taking the time to fully study, reflect, and develop a vision and strategy that best position the farm to perpetuate the legacy of its donors, Nick and Bambi Venetucci, and serve the community for years to come.
P4K and other Education Programs:
To allow time for this discernment process, we are scaling back farming operations for the 2017 season. We will be growing pumpkins for the annual pumpkins for kids give away in October and we will offer scheduled school programs/tours in the spring and fall.
We will also continue our guided bird hikes on adjacent Pinello Ranch, as well as expanding our birding programs on Venetucci Farm to include a self-guided birding trail.”
To register for these programs, email Education Coordinator David Rudin.
Volunteer and Service Learning Opportunities:
Even with scaled back operations, there will be plenty of work to be done on the farm and we invite you to participate. During the work week, we welcome individuals (anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult) and groups.
To volunteer or to schedule a group service learning project, contact Farm Manager Susan Gordon.
This season we will not be offering Summer Farm Camps, the Living Close to Home adult education series, vegetable shares (CSA), or meat and eggs.
Self Guided Tours:
During the growing season, April – October, community members are welcome to visit the farm for self-guided tours Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm
Connect with a Healthier Lifestyle
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 give farm tours, sustainable lifestyle classes and service learning opportunities for school and community groups in the spring and fall.
We also welcome volunteers throughout the growing season