As the lazy days of summer wind down, we’re ramping up for fall crop mobs. Join us!
This will be the final crop mob of 2013!
October 19 – for the last crop mob of the year, it’s fitting that we visit an old friend, who we haven’t yet seen this year: H2Organics, an organic greenhouse and farm up in Arvada. They got hammered pretty hard by the rains this fall, so we’ll be helping Jeremy and the crew to clear the fields and then to plant a winter garlic crop. Register here.
September 28 – We’ll be revisiting our friends at Waste Farmers for this crop mob, and we have some good times on tap for sure. Recall that our spring crop mob here installed a hugelkultur mound as well as building some raised beds – we’ll be checking the status on those projects, AND doing a bunch more. This time around, tasks include enhancing the hugelkulturs with poly tunnels, building cold frames (a type of season extender), prepping a chicken coop area, pouring some cement, and building a chicken tractor, among others! This is one you don’t wanna miss, and is also a good one to which to bring interested (supervised!) kids! Register here.
September 14th – We’re gonna be helping out everybody’s favorite non-profit greenhouse, local food and permaculture educator – the GrowHaus!! This is one you do NOT want to miss! We’ll be installing a 150 sq ft tropical permaculture demonstration garden, one of many, along with numerous other tasks (TBD), which may include laying tubing for a radiant floor heating system, laying pavers, prepping for a mobile test kitchen, etc. A fun – and educational – time is sure to be had by all! Register here.
We have more fall crop mobs on tap – stay tuned for details….
Earlier this year:
April 6 – Our friends at Waste Farmers will be hosting this crop mob that will include numerous terrific learning activities – we’ll be helping to build raised beds that will be used to grow veggie and composting crops, AND we’ll be using Sepp Holzer’s hugelkultur technique to establish the beginnings of a food forest. Very exciting! Due to the valuable educational potential, this would be an ideal mob for older children to attend! Registration available here.
April 27 – Fresh City Life offers adult cultural programming, such as gardening classes, through the Denver Public Library. On this particular project, which will include clearing, soil prep, and bed prep, the garden being prepared will act as a lab space for future FCL gardening classes. Register here through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). PLEASE do NOT simply show up without registering via that link!
May 18 – The SAGE Project is a 6700 square foot CoExist Community Garden growing food for/with the hungry and homeless. The entire garden is engaged collaboratively and all produce is shared with those who are hungry in body and/or spirit. We’ll be reconfiguring and building raised beds and doing some planting – this is a very worthy cause that can use your support!! Registration for this event is NOW OPEN – here’s the link to get there…
June 2 – The ever popular EKAR Farms is a charity based non-profit urban farm on 2 acres. Their mission, to boldly grow where no man has…err, that is, to grow fruits and veggies in a sustainable fashion, to build community, and to provide experiential educational opportunities. This year EKAR plans to grow and donate 8,000 pounds of organic produce to various local food pantries. Mobbers will help with seed and soil work – we’ll be planting tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, among other tasks. VOC is coordinating this crop mob for us as well, so PLEASE – if you want to attend, you’ll need to register at this link. (Note that the Ekatr crop mob is currently full with a waiting list – why not register for the June 8 mob, at Moondog? Details just below…)
June 8 – Join us as we lend a hand to Produce Denver at Moondog Farm, a collaboration between DHA, Queen Anne Inn, Mercury Cafe and Produce Denver. Mercury Café grows herbs and fruit for the restaurant, Produce Denver grows food for restaurants and Queen Anne uses the produce for breakfasts and for the Five Points Fermentation Company. We’ll be helping out by planting, weeding, suckering tomatoes, trellising tomatoes, planting flowers, mulching, etc. Some serious gardening action goin’ down, people! Register here, then plan on getting dirty with us as we build community from the soil up!
June 29 – Calling all crop mob devotees, and Denver urban ag enthusiasts! We need your help!!
We’ve scheduled a special crop mob, last of the summer season, for next Saturday, June 29. We’ll be helping to bring the Winona Ct. Farmette (aka Dana Miller’s place) back into production. The produce from the garden of this local legend goes to a local food bank to serve the hungry.
Many of us know Dana as a co-director of Grow Local Colorado, an organization that is as unceasing as it is effective in its efforts to provide fresh food to those most in need of it. She needs our help, so come one, come all, spend a couple of hours helping to weed, clean up, and generally bring things under control, and then join us for brunch.
This will be an early, and a short crop mob – we’ll start at 7:30, and be sitting down to brunch at 9:30, which include yield from the garden, and (for the more courageous among us) a salad made from edible weeds! Included will be a mini-seminar on these nutritious and abundant plants.
Bring gloves and pruning shears if ya got ‘em!
IMPORTANT – we are now accepting requests for crop mobs in the fall time frame. Please contact us at: email@example.com to submit requests!
Here’s what we did in 2012.
- April 7 – created a garden from scratch at The Garden, a new restaurant located at 3435 Albion in Park Hill. The Garden Family wants to grow much of the produce they will use in the kitchen.
- May 5 – helped South Metro Urban Farmer’s kick off their 2nd season of Neighborhood Supported Agriculture by planting seeds and seedlings in the heart of old Littleton.
- May 19 – helped Mo’ Betta Green Marketplace create an urban food forest using native medicinal and food plants at this location in Five Points.
- June 10 – at H2Organic Farms, we planted out tomatoes, eggplants and peppers in the 1/4 acre surrounding their greenhouse in Arvada and began building a produce stand.
- June 20 – Mid-Summer Night at Produce Denver at Denver ‘s Sustainability Park, located at 2500 Lawrence Street. Lots of planting of cukes, squash and tomatoes!
- June 24 – returned to Ekar Farm to complete a variety of chores including revamping an old herb garden
- August 4 – worked at Sprout City Farms, located at Denver Green School and one of 3 pilot farming projects on DPS acreage.
- Sept 29 – Star Acre Farms Harvesting was the task of the day. Tomatoes, pumpkins, peppers, squash. Lots of great food, and a few sore muscles.