You're Invited to our Apprenticeship Support Party!

When: July 16th from 7-9pm
Where: Oddell Brewing Company in Fort Collins
Come for live music, drinks and fun! This event supports kids and food security in our community!
Event costs $10 at the door and gets you a beer!
$10 admission to the event goes directly to an apprentice to work for a day. They earn $10 for each day of work, so this event and every beer purchased directly impacts these kids!
What is our apprenticeship program? Local youth in grades 4-6 participate in a 10-week summer program in which they learn gardening skills, social emotional learning competencies, and nutrition education. In addition, they earn a weekly cash stipend for their work. Our apprentices hold a weekly free produce market for their families and neighbors, empowering themselves while educating others.

Other Event Features:
- 2 for 1 drinks for teachers ($10/2 beers)

- $10 individual entry-1 beer with additional beers $5

- $25 family entry- 2 beer tickets and 1 kid

Thank you for your support!

Planting an Effective Pollinator Garden

Planting an effective pollinator garden means choosing diverse plants that will offer a food source to pollinators all season long. Below, you will find a list of plants that provide sustenance for pollinators at different times of the season. If you are interested in creating a habitat for pollinators in Northern Colorado, take this blog with you to a local garden center and they can help you pick plants out based on your back yard’s conditions (sun, water, location etc) or click here for more details from the CSU Garden Extension.

Early Season Pollinator Plants
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Late season pollinator plants.jpg

First Weeks on the Farm

I recently began working at Sproutin’ Up’s youth-run CSA, and have been working for about two weeks now. Work on the farm is tough, but it’s also worth it. I work with three other people my age, Victor, Noe, and Kenan, and working with each other as “co-workers” helps a ton when you’re bent over planting in the sun all day long. The work we’ve done so far has consisted of pulling out weeds, removing cover-crop, and planting vegetables. We’ve planted peppers, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, and we’re working hard planting many more kinds of vegetables.

Another thing that we are working on this year is “micro-greens.” These are essentially just sprouts from plants, meant to grow very quickly and harvested very early into their maturity. Some of them, like the sunflower sprouts, are very tasty when they are picked fresh.

And from Farmer Anne...

The boys are working so hard and they are exhausted at the end of the day. I know they feel good about their work though because they chatter the whole way home. I'm happy to see sprouts popping out of the soil. The radishes, beets, and lettuce are coming up and so are the snap peas. Although we're a bit out from actually harvesting these, it's exciting after all the hard work.

We've had some trouble with the cover crop we planted in the fall. Unfortunately we didn't do a great job of tilling it in and it grew back - after I had planted seeds! Of course this means I couldn't pull it without disturbing the seeds so instead I cut it down. It doesn't look pretty but it will continue to add nutrients and keep down weeds while also letting the seeds sprout and become strong.

Today we also installed our homemade deer fence. Last year the deer at ALL the tomatoes and I am not letting that happen again. Come out and see it - I think it'll do the job. 

Finally, we're releasing 15,000 ladybugs on the farm this Sunday. We've invited the community to help with the release, paint rocks for our paths, and enjoy lemonade and cookies. Come spend and afternoon with us on the farm.