DENVER URBAN HOMESTEADING

Denver Chicken Coop Tour 2014 Calendar

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Swaps. It makes a great holiday gift.

Wine Project  

 

Fall Events:

Colorado Honey Festival - Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 4pm.  If you have a bee product or service contact us about participating.

Denver Chicken Coop Tour - Saturday, October 4, 2014.  If you want to show off your coop contact us about participating.

Honey Extraction.  We do honey extraction in our commercial kitchen during August and September.  Details to be posted imminently.

 

Dear friends and supporters of Denver Urban Homesteading,

 

We are in the process of forging a strategic partnership with Chef Julie Fenn to run our kitchen.  Julie brings a wealth of culinary knowledge to the Denver Urban Homesteading market, ranging from seasonal, whole, traditional, and above all, delicious.  Before attending the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, a leader in health supportive cooking, Julie has worked as a registered nurse here in Denver and she has a comprehensive understanding of our relationship between food and health.

 

As we did with the Market, the kitchen operations will begin slowly.  The ingredients used will be sourced from the same high-quality, organic and local farmers who supply the DUH Market.  This is exciting for us.  Its our first time running an operation like this and wed like your input.  Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey and tell us what you would like to eat and what types of culinary events you would like to see. We need your feedback so we can tailor this experience to you.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.

 Go here to take the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9C6F3N3  (you may have to cut and paste)

James Bertini, with Julie Fenn

Denver Urban Homesteading

200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
Hours:

Tues 9-3

Thu, Fri 1-7

Sat 9-3 (when the farmers come)

 

 

Why we DO NOT support the GMO initiative, called the "Right to Know Colorado" law.  Obviously Denver Urban Homesteading and its farmers do not support the use of genetically modified food.  And we support the concept of labeling.  However, this law has no exception for small markets.  We will have to follow the same rules as multi-billion dollar supermarket corporations what with labeling, keeping affidavits, etc. AND WE CANNOT DO IT!  Anyone who has come into our market knows we operate on a shoestring, and we fear that the shoestring will break if we are forced to hire another person to make sure we comply with this law.  Or maybe we should just give up the free Chicken Swaps, Honey Festival, etc. so I can spend my time labeling instead.  Additionally, a violation is a criminal offense.  That's a lot of risk for a husband-wife team.  Those who have followed our travails know that we challenge government over raw milk issues, re-use of egg carton issues, and now (for the last four years) intellectual property issues, and we do it to benefit our customers and to benefit society.  But this law will give a vengeful bureaucrat one more tool in his or her arsenal to use against us when our next challenge comes up.

 

BTW, I have spoken to the owners of several small ethnic markets where we shop who are opposed to this law.  Obamacare doesn't kick in until you have 50 employees, and the ADA until you have 15.  But this initiative will require labeling by every blessed soul who sells food in this state.  Maybe it is time to come up with a labeling law that will not crush the many small markets in this state, otherwise we risk driving markets like ours out of business leaving us to rely even more on giant supermarkets and big agriculture.  My Russian wife, who was born and raised in the USSR, told me that even the Communists didn't try to regulate farmers markets.  - James Bertini

 

 

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Denver Urban Homesteading, in collaboration with Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery, announces a Community Wine Project 2012 grapevines have arrived and are sale at the market as of April 26, 2012.

April 2010  Group selects approximately 3 varieties of wine grapes for Front Range climate and soil conditions

MAY 2010 and again APRIL/MAY 2011 and again APRIL/MAY 2012 Individuals plant as many/few vines as they can in backyards.  Guerrilla planting in alleys and vacant lots encouraged. 

SPRING 2011 and 2012  Additional backyard farmers join the project and begin planting vines. 

SEP/OCT 2012/2013  The group coordinates harvesting and delivery to Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery three blocks away for conversion into wine.

NOV 2012/2013  Begin enjoying own wine with family and friends.  You get back what you put in.  We have to pay the winery, but if volunteer-farmers do all the other work there may be few or no other costs.

2012/2013 - Forever    Project continues.  New wine community is born and lives in perpetuity in Denver.

(If the project is unsuccessful, the participants will at least have new grapes in their yards and will have made new friends during the course of the project.)

UPDATE!  We have selected the grape varieties.  For WHITE wine we have selected both Prairie Star and Louise Swenson grapes (Svenson not available this year, 2012).  We will pair them to make one kind of wine.   For RED wine we have selected growing Leon Millot, a red grape.  We are ordering them from Double A Vineyards, www.rakgrape.com

You can join the project simply by planting and raising one or more of these grapes.  And if you want to be on the mailing list send a note to james@denverurbanhomesteading.com 

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Last updated: 07/26/14.