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.
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 email@example.com