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NoCo Urban Homestead Tour

urban farm raised bed and greenhouse

Saturday, September 12

Homestead locations in Fort Collins and Loveland

Want to learn about bees, raising chickens and all things edible gardening? Get inspired by the homesteads featured on our seventh annual NoCo Urban Homestead Tour, a fundraising event benefiting the Gardens on Spring Creek and Loveland Youth Gardeners.

The mission of this event is to educate the public about a self-sustainable lifestyle that includes growing your own produce, raising backyard chickens, season extension, ducks, bees, fruit trees, greenhouses and incorporating useful and re-purposed garden structures. The tour will feature these practices in inspiring backyard settings.

$20 Adults + Children Ages 12 & Up 
$5 Children Ages 5-11 
Free for Children Ages 4 & Under 

Tour Planning Notes: The full tour should take a maximum of four hours to complete, assuming an average of 30 minutes per homestead plus an hour of driving time. If you plan to visit each homestead we recommend starting the tour by 10 a.m., which is possible with any ticket option. The tour will end at 2 p.m. regardless of start time. 

The Tour is currently sold out.  Please call our Guest Services team at 970.416.2486 to be added to a wait list.

2020 Fort Collins Homesteads

Hutchinson Homestead

This quarter acre site includes a robust vegetable garden, a 12-variety apple tree hedge, fruit trees, native and vintage berry bushes, a shady greens garden, vermicomposting, chickens, Langstroth beehives and a straw bale shed.

The homesteaders make use of a narrow bed next to the driveway by growing squash and tomatoes in five-gallon containers as well as grape vines on the fence. In addition to repurposing and upcycling items, such as roller blade wheels for the bottom of a garden gate, there is a newly completed mud oven in the backyard…perfect for baking bread or homemade pizza.

Sherwood / Minneker Homestead

This backyard homestead sits on a half-acre providing room for raised bed veggie garden, fruit trees which include: cherry, peach, plum, and apple, beehives, a chicken coop named “Fort Cluckins” with a flock in residence, rain barrels for water collection, several composting systems and various native flower and pollinator gardens.

The owners also raise rabbits for fiber, grow fodder in an automated hydroponic system and spin the yarn from their Angora rabbits. A work-in-progress goat pen tops off this multi-faceted homestead, with lots to see and inspire!

To protect the rabbit herd against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus type 2 (RHDV-2), all guests will be required to wear disposable shoe coverings when entering this homestead.  These coverings will be provided.

Gardens on Spring Creek Garden of Eatin'

The Garden of Eatin’ is a ¾-acre site at The Gardens dedicated to edible plants and crops, including vegetables, fruits and herbs.  This garden serves as a living classroom, providing ideas and demonstrating crops appropriate to grow in Northern Colorado. 

This fully productive garden maximizes space for optimal and diverse food production for culinary classes and donation to the Food Bank for Larimer County.  Organic gardening techniques are utilized, where compost enriches the soil and pests are managed in natural, non-chemical ways.

2020 Loveland Homesteads

Third Street Homestead

This homestead sits on a quarter-acre plot and features a 103-year-old Prairie Bungalow with a detached garage that houses a creative chicken coop built under the staircase.  The homeowners live a sustainable lifestyle focusing on generosity towards their neighbors, themselves and the environment.

They repurpose / upscale most building materials from online sources, create firewood to heat their houses from local downed hardwood trees, roast their own coffee beans, make their own beer and practice vermiculture.  Their busy apiary features beautiful hand-built hives and is surrounded by small fruit trees, grapes, vegetables, and herbs tucked here and there.

Wright / Fowler Homestead

This small homestead, nestled in the heart of downtown Loveland, is productive, unique and dynamic. Don’t miss the creative front gate and huge repurposed vessel as you approach the homestead.  The homeowners incorporate high-density gardening (including understory crops), efficient use of water and are paragons of repurposing. The chicken coop is even made from materials handed down from a previous Urban Homestead Tour homesteader! They grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, carrots, corn, onions, potatoes, squash and more while plowing through a 45+ hour work week.

The Brickhouse Homestead

You will not believe that in 2017, this homestead was a one-third suburban lot of brown grass. Today it is a thriving ecosystem, driven by permaculture design with a focus on perennial food sources. With an impressive array of fruit trees (don’t miss the Fruit Cocktail grafted tree, Chicago Fig, and cold-hardy Kiwi) and loads of vegetables, it is not surprising that these homesteaders make mead, preserves, syrups, jams and dehydrate food for off season consumption. Their herbs, chickens and bees provide additional nutrition, and they love creating hardscape from recycled / repurposed materials.