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Dwarf Goats in Wheat Ridge: Noise and Odor Questions

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Goats, Wheat Ridge | 1 comment

Dwarf Goats in Wheat Ridge: Noise and Odor Questions

The City of Wheat Ridge is in the process of considering a dwarf dairy goat ordinance (a draft version is not currently available, but we will link to it as soon as it is).  One of the Wheat Ridge City Councilmembers asked about noise and smell issues associated with dwarf goats. These are important issues to consider when looking at any animal ordinance. Noise Goats bleat occasionally, but the average goat bleat is quieter than the average dog bark. Also, remember that some dogs bark when a person walks by, or if they see a squirrel, or if...

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Action Alert: Dwarf Goats in Wheat Ridge!

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

(If you’d like, you can jump down to the “Action Alert” section below.) The city of Wheat Ridge has a rich agricultural history and a modern legacy of great urban agriculture/sustainability laws. However, when the fantastic set of new urban ag laws passed in 2010, there was one omission — dwarf dairy goats. Wheat Ridge currently does not make any distinction between a full-size goat (around 150 pounds) and a dwarf goat (around 55-60 pounds). The current law requires a lot with at least 9,000 square feet of open space...

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Volunteer and Take Home Free Seedlings!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in farmers' market, Seedlings | 0 comments

Volunteer and Take Home Free Seedlings!

Do you want to get FREE organic, heirloom seedlings for your garden — plus get to spend time at the farmers’ market talking to customers about gardening and veggies varieties? Then sign up to volunteer at the Heirloom Gardens farmers’ market booth (or, if you’d prefer, you can help get everything prepped and loaded on a Friday afternoon). You’ll earn two seedlings of your choice for every hour that you work. So, if you work a 4-hour shift, you get to bring home 8 seedling plants! Throughout May and June, we have...

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The Seedlings’ New Digs!

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Seedlings | 0 comments

The Seedlings’ New Digs!

Heirloom Gardens has been selling organic, heirloom seedlings at farmers’ markets since 2009. For five years all of our seedling were grown here: This is a 12’x11′ hoophouse, made with PVC pipe and plastic sheeting, in my back yard. We were so grateful to have this greenhouse, and so proud when we first got it built (the greenhouse and the tables) That being said, it hasn’t always been easy to grow all of the seedlings for the farmers market — and the urban farm, when that was operating — out of this little...

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Give the Gift of Sustainability!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Classes, Gardening, Goat Milk Soap, Homemade Life | 0 comments

Give the Gift of Sustainability!

Is there anyone on your shopping list who wants to learn more about gardening, chickens, goats, or canning? Are you looking for small (but meaningful) gifts for teachers and extended family? Do you know someone who is hoping for an amazing heirloom garden this spring? By shopping with Heirloom Gardens you are supporting a local, sustainable business AND giving your friends and family the gift of sustainability in their lives. You can choose the gift that fits your budget and your vision for giving. If you want to give our handmade,...

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Announcing the Livestock Sitter Resource List!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in chickens, Goats, Homemade Life | 0 comments

Announcing the Livestock Sitter Resource List!

This is the blog post that announced the Livestock Sitter Resource List on 9/10/13. For the current, updated list, click here. Note: The following list is a compilation of people who responded to a request for a livestock sitter. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by Heirloom Gardens. Those wishing to hire a livestock sitter will need to vet candidates themselves and negotiate terms/payments for services.  Denver and the Surrounding Communities Northwest Jen H. jenhicks5280@gmail.com Neighborhood: Berkeley Experience...

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Junk Food Swaps: Cheesy Dip (Whole Food & Vegan)

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Recipes | 1 comment

Junk Food Swaps: Cheesy Dip (Whole Food & Vegan)

I would wager that all of us — no matter how good our intentions or how comprehensive our education around food — have at least one junk food indulgence. I’ll be upfront about mine… Even though my husband could hardly hide his disgust, for a LONG time my junk-treat was 7-11 nachos. Really. From the machine. Not melt-some-chips-on-cheese-at-home nachos. It was the kind that could not possibly be replicated in a kitchen. Now, I’m not saying that indulgences are necessarily bad. We all need treats from time to time,...

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Summer Dinner Party Recipes

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Homemade Life, Recipes | 1 comment

Summer Dinner Party Recipes

My husband’s birthday was earlier this month, and among our dinner guests we had people who were vegetarian, gluten-free, and couldn’t digest cow dairy. I was so grateful to be preparing the meal in August, when there is lots of inspiring, in-season produce available! We decided on a Mediterranean-themed dinner. Even if you’re not navigating a variety of dietary preferences, Mediterranean food + summer produce = a delicious meal. Although I love cooking and cookbooks, I was trained in the “a little of this, a little of...

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Classes/Talks in Boulder!

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in canning, Classes, cooking, Gardening, Homemade Life, soap | 0 comments

Classes/Talks in Boulder!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be partnering with The Savvy Hen to offer urban homesteading classes and talks in Boulder! The Savvy Hen is Boulder’s premier urban farming and feed store, and is located at 1908 Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80302. Urban Homesteading in Action Saturday, September 14th 3:00pm – 4:00pm Pictures and stories from a Denver urban homestead. Includes: Front and back yard gardening Neighborhood Supported Agriculture (NSA) Backyard chickens, goats, ducks, and bees Canning From-scratch staple...

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A Peek Inside: Simple Water Bath Canning Class

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in canning, cooking, Homemade Life | 0 comments

A Peek Inside: Simple Water Bath Canning Class

Summer is just beginning to round the corner and head toward fall, and for gardeners that means one thing — canning season! I’m so excited to be teaching canning classes at Denver Botanic Gardens this year. It’s a lot of fun to share this thing that I love to do with other engaged, interested people. (Please forgive the poor quality of the pictures — there was a lot going on!)           We have one more Simple Water Bath Canning class scheduled this year (click here for more information and to...

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