A Visit to Jackie’s Farm

by Graham on March 9, 2011

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This weekend marked the beginning of a very exciting project. James and I have been looking to start a sustainable agriculture project involving fungi for quite a while now, and lucky for us, Jackie’s Farm came along. The farm is located just east of Denver in the community of Brighton, Colorado. There is a lot of history in this town. It came about as the fur trade expanded into the West. At first, it was just a stop along the trail from Fort Bent and Fort Laramie, Wyoming. The town actually developed in the late 1860s at the junction of the Denver Pacific and the Denver, Marshall and Boulder railways. Now, Brighton is a combination of the old and new. Just over the hill from the farm is a fairly new, large housing development. The juxtaposition of this town is quite extreme. What James and I don’t understand is why a resource like Jackie’s farm is so underutilized by the surrounding community? We are about to change that.

IMG 2534 300x200 A Visit to Jackies FarmWhen I first set foot on Jackie’s farm, I got very excited. As an ecological designer, I am always trying to find underutilized resources and put them to use. I see the perfection of Nature’s cycles all around me everyday, and can’t help but to stare in awe at the complexity of Life itself. Jackie’s farm is nature in harmony, and as I looked around I noticed a multitude of resources. In fact pretty much everywhere I looked, I saw more and more underutilized resources. But beyond the greenhouse structures, potting benches, and 55 gallon steel drums, animals are everywhere. Cows, chickens, yaks, bees, turkeys, worms, geese, and horses all doing their part to sustain her family. But the best part about the animals for us it that they are constantly producing some of the best resources around… manure! (An alchemist is someone who can turn dung into gold)

IMG 2541 300x200 A Visit to Jackies FarmThese resources that Jackie has available to her family are very under appreciated by most city folk. We go to the store and buy all of our food from a supermarket, severing ourselves from the place where these amazing products actually come from. All it takes just one look into one of Jackie’s cows faces to show you that. (and maybe a sip of coffee with cream from one of Jackie’s cows…mmmm!)

Jackiesfarm.com will soon be online! We will post a list of what is locally available at her farm that is constantly updated. Check back to see updates on Jackie’s farm here at amateurmycology.com! Hope all is going well for you all out there! Get excited! Spring is on the way!

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Julie Gibson March 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I love this Graham. You come from farming roots on the Hankins side of the family.
I forwarded this on as a Facebook “share” to several family members and friends.
Photos are just wonderful.


Belinda Stephens April 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

It was fun to meet you and James at the celebration last night in White Oak, TX and share lively conversation about native local mushrooms. I enjoyed hearing you share your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. Thank you for answering all my curiousities. I would be grateful if you would put me in touch with the two ladies that you mentioned. Sounds like I am just now beginning some new adventures in the woods! I will take some time to look at the website and connect on facebook, but, alas, today I am toiling in Federal tax return dirt. – take care, Belinda


Graham April 7, 2011 at 2:16 am

It was lovely to meet you as well! Email me and I will send you to those people out your way… Check back to our website for the video from our trip!


Jay Archer August 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

How is Jackie’s farm coming along, I haven’t seen any updates since your 2011 postings


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