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Entries in DeLaney Community Farm (19)


Jack-O-Launch at Pumpkinfest on October 9th

On Saturday, October 9th from 9am until 4pm, the City of Aurora is hosting their annual Pumpkinfest at DUG's DeLaney Community Farm. Pumpkinfest will feature flying pumpkins, a pumpkin patch, antique tractors, a hay bale maze, scarecrow-making, and a farm stand with organic, freshly harvested DeLaney produce. Admission is free! For more information, please visit, or call the City of Aurora at 303.326.8FUN. 



Have you seen the DeLaney Farm Blog recently?

They have a great post on honey harvesting. Check it out. DeLaney bees on the comb.


For the love of farming. 

Faatma Mehrmanesh, Operations Coordinator at DUG's DeLaney Community Farm, was interviewed for Crop to Cuisine. She talks about what it's like to be a farmer in an urban environment, and the disconnect that most people experience between the farm and the plate. Favorite quote:

You don't do it for the money, you do it because you're in love with the whole process. You can't do anything else. 

Check out the video, originally posted at Crop to Cuisine

DeLaney Community Farm is DUG's community supported agriculture project. Every year, DeLaney feeds over 500 people, and manages a WIC program, a food donation program, and hosts hundreds of volunteers and visitors. Click here for more information about DeLaney. Click here to donate. 


Friday Links Roundup!

Posted by Emery Donovan, Programs and Events Intern

Brooklyn skyline. Photo by Breaking Through Concrete.

As awareness of sustainability-related issues continues to permeate the national consciousness, authors are responding with a flurry of books about the topic. Earlier this summer, Michael Pollan reviewed five of the newest additions to the growing library of books about food, environment and community. "Food Movement, Rising," published in the New York Review of Books, traces the evolution of the contemporary food movement. Ever an articulate and engaging writer, Pollan provides incisive and poignant commentary on the intersectionality of the various branches of the food movement - from animal welfare to farm legislation - as well as the gradual shift in the national political climate toward food reform. An excellent and informative read for anyone interested in food, politics, community, and the way we live now.

Orion magazine also reviewed two recent books about urban agriculture in their September/October 2009 issue. Farm City chronicles one woman's quest to turn a vacant Oakland lot into an urban farm, while Coop is an entertaining account of raising chickens, starting a garden and having a family. Be sure to explore the rest of Orion's website, as they are an excellent source for high-quality, thoughtful, and multi-dimensional journalism about environmental issues.

After their short stop in Denver earlier this summer, the Breaking Through Concrete team continued east on their transcontinental journey. Since May, they have been driving across the country and documenting urban agriculture projects. At each stop along their way (including Denver!), they blogged about the experience with beautiful prose and striking photographs. They just finished up their two-month tour in Chicago. Be sure to check out all of their blog posts, as they provide vast insight into the nuances and joys of urban agriculture in the U.S. today! Keep an eye out for their upcoming book, which use text and photos from their blog.

Common Good City Farm, Washington D.C. Photo by Breaking Through Concrete

In recent urban agriculture news, the Urban Ton Project - one couple's quest to grow 1 ton of produce from their garden in the course of a year - has reached 278 pounds.... Only 1822 more pounds to go! 

Closer to home, another entrepreneurial urban agriculture venture has been undertaken by two graduate students in the University of Colorado Denver Landscape Architecture program. Rather than their garden's output, they have chosen to experiment with it's mobility. The Denver Urban Truck Farm is the brain child of Ashleigh Quillen and Ryan Sotirakis. It's exactly what it sounds like - a garden in the back of a pickup truck. You can meet them in person at the South Pearl Street Farmer's Market every Sunday, or follow them on their blog! 

Finally, Hmong gardeners in North Carolina are infusing their culture and history into their community gardens and yielding delicious results! DUG has its own contingent of Hmong gardeners at the Pecos and Arvada Community Gardens. The Arvada Community Garden was highlighted on the recent Multiculturalism in the Garden tour - be sure to check both gardens out if you have a chance! 

That's all for this week! We hope to see everyone at the Reading the Hive workshop at DeLaney this Saturday. Happy gardening!


Reading the Hive 

Barn and flower bed at DUG's DeLaney Community Farm. Interested in beekeeping? Learn to understand the language and signs inside the hive at DeLaney Community Farm's next training, "Reading the Hive," which will also feature hive splits and queen rearing. The workshop, led by DeLaney Beekeeper Marty Hardison, is free for DeLaney shareholders, and there is a $5 suggested donation for non-shareholders.

When: July 24th at 9am
Where: DeLaney Community Farm (click for directions)