Farm Tours & Urban Ag Tours

Get to know the people & Stories behind Your food.

As part of Slow Food Denver’s mission to help connect links in the chain of the food system, the Farm & Urban Ag Tours allow people to meet the farmers and ranchers and agriculturalists who produce our food and learn more of the story behind our meals.

Each farm tour includes a tour of the operation where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to grow the food you love, along with a meal prepared with product straight from the field.

This year’s series includes (follow the links to purchase tickets, start times and costs vary):

July 26:  Farm Tour and Breakfast at Lyons Farmette
Begin the day with a catered farm-fresh breakfast, followed by a tour of the Lyons Farmette, a working sustainable farm and education center with a mission to support and empower the local food community.  Education programs at Lyons include how to keep bees, building cob ovens, brewing beer, and making cheese, drawing on some of the best educators, teachers, chefs, and agriculture experts in the Front Range.  This tour made possible in part by Door to Door Organics.  Thank you for your support!

2011-10 marys pics 2211August 3:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southeast Denver

Tour Sprout City Farms at the Denver Green School, Ekar Farm, and Garden Court Apartments, where refugee farmers tend a network of community garden plots and enjoy lunch at The Garden.

August 23:  Farm to Table Experience at Zweck Farm (with History Colorado)
Celebrate our local food traditions and heritage in this farm-to-table experience.  We’ve teamed up with History Colorado for a guided farm tour of Zweck Farm, recognized as one of the oldest working farms in the state, followed by an informal lunch created with products raised on-site.  This is a unique opportunity to reconnect with your food and the people who grow it at one of the state’s oldest working farms, rich with history and tradition.

2011-10 marys pics 2157September 6:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Southwest Denver

Tour Aero Farm, a veteran owned vertical tower farm, Sprout City Farms’ Mountair Park Community Farm, a brand new farm that will be a resource for education, food access, and community collaboration, and Revision, an urban farming initiave that empower residents to build and advocate for community food systems.

September 13:  Farm Tour and Lunch at 63rd Street Farm
Nestled in Colorado’s historical Valmont Butte, 63rd St. Farm is located only a few minutes from downtown Boulder, but feels like it’s miles away. Amanda and Brian Scott founded the farm in 2007 and have transformed it into a thriving community through sustainable agriculture, and a commitment to health, wellness, and lifelong learning.  Following the tour of the farm, guests will enjoy wood-fired pizza made on site with farm ingredients.

bluebearSeptember 20:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Downtown Denver

On this Downtown tour, we’ll first go to Blue Bear Farms at the Colorado Convention Center, where we will get a tour from Produce Denver. Then we’ll visit Sustainability Park, where we’ll get a tour from the youth farmers at Green Leaf Denver. After that we will go visit a small farm in the RiNo district and then have lunch at the Horse Barn, the headquarters of Denver Urban Gardens.

urbicultureOctober 4:  Urban Agriculture Tour, Northwest Denver

Tour UrbiCulture Community Farms, a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels in the Denver Metro area.  Little Raven Farms, a neighborhood supported agriculture project based upon permaculture principles, and Sunnyside Up Farm, a neighborhood community supported agriculture farm.

Food: Our Global Kitchen at History Colorado

our-global-kitchen-food-nature-culture_homepage_slideStep into the story with a visit to the new exhibit Food: Our Global Kitchen, and take a journey around the world and through time. Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside the dining rooms of illustrious individuals—and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Food: Our Global Kitchen explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting and celebrating, the exhibit illuminates the myriad ways food is produced and moved throughout the world.

Information about the exhibit can be found on the History Colorado website.

Slow Food Denver is partnering with History Colorado to conduct tasting sessions in the Taste Kitchen throughout the summer along weekly themes.  We are still looking for volunteers to assist with these tasting sessions – you can sign up here if you are interested.

In addition, we will be hosting a farm tour to a centennial farm in August.  More details on that coming soon!

Slow Meat 2014

Better meat, less.

That is the idea behind Slow Food USA’s inaugural Slow Meat Symposium, scheduled for June 20th – 22nd, 2014 in Denver, CO, in an effort to “turn the herd” toward a better animal agricultural food supply chain. Slow Meat will bring together policy experts, food system practitioners, producers, and of course eaters to identify practical points of intervention along the supply chain that will result in a menu of action items for the meat industry in America.

One hundred delegates from across the U.S. have been selected to participate in facilitated discussion to produce a menu of practical actions for Slow Food communities across the USA to deploy, measure, report and refine with the larger national community of advocates who seek change in our food system.

Slow Meat 2014 is only the beginning to Slow Food USA’s commitment to the goals of better and less meat.  We will reconvene the following year in 2015 for a grander, public-facing celebration and conversation of meat.

 

 

Volunteer for Slow Meat.
Slow Food Denver, as the host of Slow Meat 2014, is tasked with bringing the community together to help make sure this event is a success.  In order to do so, we will need the help of people just like you.

Volunteers will be needed for all aspects of, and leading up to, the event with tasks that range from preparing materials for delegates to helping to prep for the bison fabrication.

If you are interested in donating some time to this symposium, please email josh@slowfooddenver.org to be added to the volunteer list for the event.  Additional details about needed tasks and schedules will be provided in the next couple weeks.

Unsung Heroes Dinner Series

harmanseatdrinklogo-480x260Harman’s Eat & Drink has launched a dinner series to bring talented chefs into the spotlight, while benefiting a local non-profit.  This month, Harman’s has chosen Slow Food Denver as the beneficiary of their goodwill!

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Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series

The second of four lectures in the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens is scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd.

Volunteers are still needed to help out at this event with a variety of tasks.  If you’re interested in helping out, please email josh@slowfooddenver.org.

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens’ mission of connecting people with plants, this year’s series is designed to take you along with us through nature’s seasons as we observe and appreciate the aesthetic and edible bounties that nature is able to provide for us within a year’s time.

Join us for interactive and interesting lectures that feature a variety of speakers sure to open your eyes and your hearts to the rich variety of each season’s unique offerings. Starting with spring and moving through winter, topics will include the allure and application of plant foliage varieties to spice up your landscape, using your garden’s bounty to fill your pantry with culinary delights sure to impress everyone at your table, and successfully extending your growing season with tips from one of gardening’s beloved experts.

Completed details, along with registration links, can be found on the Denver Botanic Gardens website.

C.A.F.E. Applications being Accepted

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…building community through food.

Slow Food Denver is pleased to announce our 2014 C.A.F.E. micro-grant project to support innovative and sustainable food initiatives conceived by Metro Denver area food entrepreneurs.

Slow Food Denver C.A.F.E. will host a series of dinners at which grant finalists will present their projects and/or organizations to community members, whose votes will select the winners. Winners will receive micro-grants of up to $3000 to support their work.

Who is eligible for a Slow Food Denver micro-grant?

  •  Individuals, small businesses or non-profits that operate in the Denver Metro area who are committed to Slow Food principles of good, clean, fair food and cultural diversity.
  •   Efforts which are categorized in one or more of the following areas:

1)      Healthy Food Access: Projects that seek to increase access to affordable, real food in low-income communities.

2)      Promoting Regional Biodiversity: Projects that seek to increase, protect, and promote biodiversity through sustainable food and farming practices, with a focus on communities in need.

How can I apply?

Please send completed application and one letter of reference by email to grants@slowfooddenver.org, subject: C.A.F.E. grant or snail mail to Slow Food Denver, Attn: C.A.F.E. grant, 3350 Brighton Blvd, Suite 202 Denver CO 80216.  You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received. Finalists will be notified by email and will be invited to a C.A.F.E dinner where they will present their projects to the community table.  Winners will be chosen by community vote. Any questions can be directed to Josh Hendrickson by email at grants@slowfooddenver.org.

Application deadline: applications must be received no later than April 16, 2014.

Applications can be downloaded through this link:  CAFE2014App

Terra Madre & Salone del Gusto 2014

terra-madre-300x193Applications are now being accepted to be a delegate for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014 held in Turin, Italy.  Slow Food USA selects 240 delegates to represent the United States at this gathering and celebration of good, clean, fair food.  Every two years, Slow Food International gathers leaders from more than 160 countries to represent food traditions and culture from around the world.

While both events are open to the public, being selected as a delegate of Slow Food USA provides free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work.  Delegates selected to represent the diversity of food traditions and the Slow Food movement within the United States, as well as their ability to put what they have learned into use at home.

To apply click here to submit your application. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2014. To read more about the event and application process click here .

It only happens once a year

Please join us for the Slow Food Denver 2014 Annual Meeting

Monday, March 10th.  5:30 – 7:30

The Source Building, 3350 Brighton Blvd.

Don’t miss the chance to learn more about Slow Food Denver and meet others with similar interests and passions.  We’ll gather in the common area at the Source, home of the new Slow Food Denver offices, for an open-house style celebration to mingle and learn about Slow Food Denver’s work and plans for the future.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about opportunities to get involved.  We will provide light snacks and beverages.

For those who have attended in the past, this year’s gathering will be less of us talking and more opportunity for you to socialize, learn and mingle.

Join us in creating positive change in our food comunity!


5:30 – 6:00 ~ Slowing down. . . socializing, eating, drinking

6:00 – 6:15 ~ Welcome

6:15 – 7:15 ~ Open house

7:15 – 7:30 ~ Closing remarks

 Please RSVP here!

Hope to see you there, and slowest regards!

Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014

terra-madre-300x193Applications are now being accepted to be a delegate for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto 2014 held in Turin, Italy.  Slow Food USA selects 240 delegates to represent the United States at this gathering and celebration of good, clean, fair food.  Every two years, Slow Food International gathers leaders from more than 160 countries to represent food traditions and culture from around the world.

While both events are open to the public, being selected as a delegate of Slow Food USA provides free admission, housing, food, and ground transportation during the event, as well as the opportunity to showcase your work.  Delegates selected to represent the diversity of food traditions and the Slow Food movement within the United States, as well as their ability to put what they have learned into use at home.

To apply click here to submit your application. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2014. To read more about the event and application process click here .

Plant Your Garden and Contribute to Slow Food Denver

Buy your garden seeds from Renee’s Garden Seeds and 25% of the order value
will be donated to Slow Food Denver.
Here’s how it works:

Simply go to www.reneesgarden.com and choose from the wide selection of seeds for heirloom and gourmet vegetables, cottage garden flowers and culinary herbs, special seed collections and great kitchen garden cookbooks.

At check out, just enter the code FR848D in the coupon code box on the checkout page, and that’s it!  Renee’s Garden will send a year-end check to Slow Food Denver for 25% of all orders that use this fundraising code. Code expires December 31 each year.

This is a year-round, on-going fundraiser, so order regularly for spring, fall and holiday gifts.  Spread the word to your friends and family!

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