Thomas Open SpaceThe City of Lafayette is working closely with Abbondanza Organic Seeds & Produce to start farming Thomas Open Space with the projected first crop in 2007.
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 cityâ€™s website.
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 purposeâ€¦ 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 thisâ€¦ 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 â€“ and simply putâ€¦ 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!
Abbondanzaâ€™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 bountyâ€¦ 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]
Seed of the WeekAbbo's Seed of the Week: Peas. Ask about our amazing fresh selection for 2011!
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
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.