Finish the Barn
For decades, the barn at Venetucci Farm stood strong. But as the years passed and the owners got older – the barn began to deteriorate and eventually, was rendered useless. The farm lay fallow. In 2004, Pikes Peak Community Foundation received the farm – and all that changed. Crops are growing, vegetable fields are thriving and the pumpkin patch is back!
Now, we’re working on that barn. A few months ago, we launched our “Raise the Barn” campaign. When you visit Venetucci next, you’ll see all the progress that’s been made: the roof is on, the siding is up and windows have been installed.
But the work isn’t over – crews are working hard on the inside of the structure. Once complete, it will provide shelter for the animals, produce and farm equipment. Help us Finish the Barn at Venetucci! Buy a T-Shirt or donate here to help make a difference!
Why isn’t there already a barn at Venetucci Farm?
As a matter of fact, there used to be. Here’s a quick glimpse of the history of Venetucci Farm:
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 2006, 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!