5th Annual Denver Chicken Coop Tour - Don't miss this self-guided tour if you want to learn about chickens, coops and urban homesteading right from the backyards and gardens of area urban homesteaders! Saturday, October 4, 2014. Buy tickets now. See button above and to the right. $20 for a single or group up to 4. (above)
60lb honey pails available. This is local, never-heated, unfiltered raw honey from one of our bee farmers north of Denver. It doesn't get any better than this. $240 festival price
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
PS An attorney named Trey Rogers who is a partner in a giant law firm who claims he helped write the initiative attacked my position in the Denver Post. Mr. Rogers says it is really no big deal to find out which foods need labeling, which foods actually have GMOs, to keep track of all of them and then to do the labeling, including labeling of vegetables. So would Mr. Rogers donate a few hours a week to do all this at our small market so we don't have to hire another worker to do it? We think not. Mr. Rogers says that we don't have to worry because we can rely on manufacturers and distributors for GMO information. But the law says retailers are responsible. I think Mr. Rogers is full of organic manure.
"CHICKEN SWAP" Promoting backyard happiness. Come here the first Saturday of every month from 10-noon to buy and sell chicks, chickens, ducks, goats, geese, turkeys, rabbits, quail and more.
Rhode Island Reds in waiting. Where can I find some greens around here? Fowl for sale.
Oh how soft the bunnies are! Now I have my own chicks! Ducks walkin' here.
Two sweet things enjoying each other Expert chicken and duck wrangler, age 5!
We hold a Chicken Swap every first Saturday of the month, i.e. 12 months a year. They are held in the in the parking lot of Earthdog Denver, 370 Kalamath Street, Denver, Colorado.
This is a great way for people to meet, talk, share information and buy and sell chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, goats and other small animals. Also for the just curious or those considering having a new pet. We made history when goats were sold at our market on October 1, 2011. They were very cute baby goat kids.
And always we remind people to be considerate and compassionate to our animal friends, and it is a must that you learn about them and have proper housing before taking one home. We offer the swaps as a community service free of charge. But please note this is a Buyer Beware and Seller Beware market. It is Buyer Beware because there is no proof of what you are buying other than what you see and the reputation of the seller as you perceive it to be. We don't register sellers or have a veterinarian on staff to certify the breed or sex you are getting. Some sellers are are regulars and come every month; others are not. It is Seller Beware because city buyers are more emotional about their animals and less experienced in dealing with them than country buyers. Also, big box stores have shaped most consumers' minds to think that they can return any products they don't like for any reason, and we know that most of you do not take animals back. Parking lot is only for vendors. And if you like these events and the other free events we host for the public, then support us and support our farmers at our market. We don't get any government grants or donations and we can only survive and do these community events if the community supports us.
We also sell organic chicken feed, goat feed, diatomacious earth, oyster shell, feeders and waterers. We have chicken- and goat-keeping classes from January through June. We have a "chicken recycling" service in which we will take your chickens for a fee after their egg-laying years have peaked and humanely process them, returning the meat to you or processing them into dog treats. See the FAQ below for more details.
OPERATION QUACK RESCUE
This duck and geese rescue operation occurred in March 2012 after a family contacted Denver Urban Homesteading because they needed help relocating 300 ducks and 40 geese due to a family illness which made it difficult for them to care for the flock. We found good homes for all of them.