Thomas Open Space

The City of Lafayette is working closely with Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce to start farming Thomas Open Space with the projected first crop in 2007.

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What and Where?
The Thomas Open Space project is located at 1640 W. Baseline Rd in Lafayette between 95th and 287. The project is overseen by a group of staff and volunteers called the Thomas Farm Group. In short, the City of Lafayette put out a request for proposals in 2006, looking for a farmer to take on an organic (transitional) farm on city open space. Abbondanza answered the call and won a lease in the process. To learn more about how the city created this project go to the city’s website.

New happenings
TOS has been officially disked and planted with a cover crop of peas and oats with the help of an old town resident (talk about creating community!). The cover crop has a dual purpose… the first and primary is to feed the soil. As that crop grows and is eventually turned in it will act as food for the precious (and historically overworked) soils. This is a pretty neat process for novices of agriculture, it goes something like this… as that crop grows, and we feed it with organic matter the roots of those plants will work that nourishment into the soils. Additionally, the turning in of the green matter and its consequent breaking down acts as more food! The beauty of the cycles eh – and simply put… Meanwhile, the city has also been hard at work; they have officially brought water to the site. The installation of irrigation systems is the next big project on the to do list and is already in the final planning stages for implementation in April. Following this is:

The Great Planting!
Abbondanza’s summer crops will reside dominantly at Thomas Open Space. Watch peppers, tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, cucumbers, and many others (including a gorgeous display of colorful flowers) come alive roadside (and yes, there will be a farm stand)! Finally, it is not too late to join the Abbondanza CSA which we call Veggie Share. The benefits not only include the opportunity to support the local organic movement by picking a personal farm, and consequently sharing in the bounty… our CSA members will also enjoy a small discount on other locally created products which our farm stand will provide. Watch us grow.

Veggie Share 2008 Sign-up [PDF 172kb]

Did you know?

Organic farmers and experts in India organized to address the agriculture crisis facing the nation's 700 million farmers. Poor yields, degraded soils, and expensive chemical inputs arising from the cultivation of pesticide intensive crops, including genetically engineered cotton, have devastated India's rural economy. Crop failures and crushing debt led over 300 Indian farmers to commit suicide between May and July. To address this crisis, farmers from all over the country joined together August 2, 2006 to create the "Organic Vision 2020," a long term strategy to shift the country's farming focus back to ecological and traditional organic practices.


"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
~Daniel Webster

Seed of the Week

Abbo's Seed of the Week: Peas. Ask about our amazing fresh selection for 2011!

Windsor Dairy

Windsor Dairy, Windsor, Colorado

If you are interested in a raw milk share please contact Windsor Dairy at (970) 674-0571 or click here.

We are strongly considering hosting a Windsor dairy drop at our home farm. We would be able to serve Niwot and Prospect communities as well as South Longmont. If this is interesting to you, please be sure to contact the dairy and express interest

Save the Date

Thursday Feb 3- Lasater Beef
Pick up for the January 2011 order is Feb 3, 2011 from 4-6pm.

Saturday Feb. 5- Dream Share Mingle
Dream Share members please join us for a soup luck and sharing from 2:30 - 5 and linger longer. RSVP

Friday February 18- Dirt- The Movie
Join in the studio at 7pm
The next movie date is 3/17.

Sunday Feb 27- Book Club 2011
The first of our five titles from February thru October is "Radical Homemakers; Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture." by Shannon Hayes. Contact me if you would like to join us and I'll send you the book. Cover price is $23.95, I have to charge tax, but I will send it to you for free.
We will meet February 27 from 4 - 5:30 to discuss.

Vanishing of the Bees
What an amazing success, what a wonderful film. We will reshow this! Please contact me if you are interested - and we'll set a date!

April 2 - Boulder Farmers Market Begins!
8am - 2pm

CSA 2010 is closed

  • Don't Forget to Read Farm Notes on the Center Page for updates
      • Here's a sample box from October!
      • Celery
      • Celeriac
      • Onions
      • Carrots
      • Beets
      • Cabbage
      • Winter Squash
      • Black Beans
    CSA 2011 is not yet open

    Where We Are

    Spring is Coming!
    Thursdays are open for visitation. We are packing seed orders and chatting it up with friends and family. In addition to eggs and seeds, there are also dry beans and some root stocks floating around and available. The home farm is located at 10145 Oxford Rd. We hope to see you soon!


      Boulder Farmers Market re-opens Saturdays on April 2 from 8-2 and Wednesdays on May 4 from 4-8

      This year we will also have seeds at the Longmont Farmer's Market for the first 6 markets.

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