The Urban Farm

We address the needs of young people who may have difficulty finding a "home" for their interests. We recognize that every child is potentially at risk whether from environmental, social or family conditions. We provide a safe setting with respect for people, animals, plants, and the environment.

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The Urban Farm​​​​​​​
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10200 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239
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10200 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239
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Mission Statement

The Urban Farm inspires excitement for learning through practical work experience in a farm setting while fostering respect, responsibility, curiosity, caring, and grit.


Our programs are designed to develop The Five TUF Character Strengths that are the foundation of our learning goals: Respect, Responsibility, Grit, Caring, Curiosity.

TUF enables urban residents to learn about food: how it's grown, how it's processed, how it's distributed. We also help young people recognize agriculture as an industry that will never go away. Over 7 billion people live on our planet and they all need food. Agriculture in the 21st Century requires skills that are far removed from farming in the 19th century! Today's "farmer" needs skills in technology, management, forecasting, economics, transportation, distribution, sociology and marketing. And, yes. Today's farmer also needs to know how to plant a seed and treat an animal in a humane way.

Heather Tomas Allem
October 4, 2015 at 10:49am
Thanks for a great day yesterday! It was our first visit to the farm. Looking forward to many more visits for 4-H!

"Thank you for giving [my daughter] such a wonderful learning experience this Summer. This opportunity has been incredible for her personal growth! She looks forward to continuing this Fall and throughout High School."
- Jr. TUF Kids parent

"Thank you so much! I really want to thank you for agreeing to take [my daughter] on as a volunteer this summer. Whenever people ask her what she's been doing over break, her work there is always the first thing she mentions. She adores everything about it, and is proud to be volunteering on a regular basis."
-Jr. TUF Kids parent

​"​Thank you for an excellent program for our CA campers. They loved being farmers! Learning about and interacting with the animals made this a summer to remember. We hope to join you again next year. Please let me know what the new programs will be.

With much appreciation,

Jodi Glater
Colorado Academy​"

"[My daughter] LOVES, LOVES, and LOVES being at the farm. It is the happiest I have seen her in a long time."
-Jr. TUF Kids parent

"I love the animals, touching them, learning about them. It was also great that the guide spoke Spanish and let us play on the playground afterward. The guide was informative and interactive with the students. She gave us tangible new facts and the end of the tour she let us hold/touch a chicken, a duck, a bunny and showed us their feet and the eggs. This was a big deal for the students!"
-Teacher, confidential field trip survey

We had a great time with the horses. They were close enough for the children to pet them and really interact. It was nice that the chicken, goat, and sheep pens were opened up for the children to have close interactions with the animals. This was a great first field trip of the year. Thank you so much!
-Teacher, confidential field trip survey

LOVED our instructor!! What a great outing. I'd highly recommend the horseback riding program at TUF.
-Teacher, confidential field trip survey

Organization History

The Urban Farm at Stapleton (TUF) was created in 1993 when its founders began a program for 15 inner city youth to learn about horses at a private farm. It subsequently expanded its programming to include other animal and plant programs.

The Urban Farm has evolved into a 23-acre educational campus devoted to programs in equine education, animal husbandry and horticulture in an intimate farm setting.

Our team includes Board Members, Staff and Volunteers passionate about educating and mentoring children and youth about animals, agriculture, sustainable living, and environmental stewardship.

In addition to its educational programs, The Urban Farm provides an important visitor attraction to the Northeast Denver area, as well as an attractive and unique venue for mission related activities and events.

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