The Urban Farm inspires excitement for learning through practical work experience in a farm setting while fostering respect, responsibility, curiosity, caring, and grit.
The Urban Farm (TUF) is a unique working farm in the city that offers impactful youth development activities and an engaging educational venue for visitors. In cooperation with the City and County of Denver, TUF inspires learning through practical and fun experiences in a farm setting and encourages the development of character strengths that are critical to success in life. Our vision is to empower youth with a spirit of creativity, independence, hard work, and compassion. Youth learn about animals, plants, and the environment while discovering their own strengths and interests. TUF began in 1993 with a program for 15 inner-city youth to learn about horses on a 23-acre farm. Over the past 16 years, TUF has expanded its programming and evolved into an educational campus devoted to developing the full potential of its participants through equine education, animal husbandry, and horticulture. We house horses, poultry, cattle, sheep, and goats (almost 100 animals), as well as gardens and a weather station. Our broad range of activities includes an extensive horsemanship program; field trips for school-aged youth; service learning opportunities; summer camps; our GoWild partnership through GOCO; TUF Kids leadership program; a partnership with the Denver Department of Public Safety; service learning; community gardens; aeroponics; and aquaponics.
While there are other organizations that focus on gardening, animal husbandry, or equine education, TUF is unique in offering them all on one site to create a learning environment that can engage a diverse group of young people, especially those who have difficulty finding a “home” for their interests in a traditional school setting. Caring for animals or nurturing plants are wonderful ways of learning about our larger world and our responsibilities to it, as well as developing character strengths necessary for success in life.