5 Fridges Farm is more than just a cool place to visit goats, it’s also a research farm around sustainable practices in urban farming

5 Fridges Farm

Traditional farming spends a lot of time, money, and energy wrestling nature (climate, soil quality, pests, etc) and figuring out how to make money. Natural systems, however, balance themselves with much greater efficiency. So with each year of listening more, and fighting less, with the plants and animals of the Farm, our efforts get more efficient and more sustainable. 

It also turns out that when the human farmers don’t have the time, money, or energy for farm projects, they get creative, efficient, and sustainable. Here at 5 Fridges Farm, this has turned into a sort of 3BL (triple bottom line) evaluation for projects - the Farm projects must:

  1. Provide and maintain healthy habitats and diets for animals and insects (social)
  2. Promote and sustain the land they live on (environmental)
  3. Be local and financially sustainable (financial)

3BL Projects at the Farm

Happy Life

  • Humans
  • Dogs (but Eva puts herself in the human category)
  • Turkeys
  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Bees
  • Urban wildlife: beaver, muskrat, fox, coyote, skunk, rats, bats, owls, hawks, rabbits, etc.
  • Community and education for events, classes, school groups, and others
  • Work with like-minded community partners to foster synergy and cooperation
  • Open space to for humans to learn and enjoy farming and wildlife habitats
  • Access to local and organic/natural food production
  • Open houses to promote farm, farm products, and farm philosophy

Happy Land

  • Legal land conservation: conserving habitat and water resources via easements
  • Rotational grazing as land management: invasive weed mitigation, soil restoration
  • Growing food and forage for animals and insects
  • Growing plants that provide food AND that improve soil (nitrogen and CO2 sequesters)
  • Creating natural and on-site soil amendment through animal waste production
  • Sustainable farm infrastructure (water harvesting, water and energy, compost, water saving, radiant heat and hot water, recycling)
  • Utilize local resources for inputs that cannot be grown at the farm (i.e. alfalfa and chicken feed from local sources using sustainable practices)
  • Utilize farm resources to mitigate local environmental issues like excess food waste turned animal feed

Happy Wallet

  • Products from the farm for sale: eggs, honey, milk, cheese, meat, soaps, vegetables
  • Charge prices that reflect the real cost of of local sustainable production (feed inputs, vet bills, heating costs, etc.)
  • Lease farm space for vegetable production, commercial kitchen use, or event space to help bottom line of farm
  • Efficient farm infrastructure (water harvesting, water and energy, compost, water saving, radiant heat and hot water, recycling, manure/compost use)
  • Education and farm-stay programs that promote the realistic feasibility of local food and local farming
  • Utilize local resources to save money and processing for animal feed: invasive weeds/mowing as feed for goats, or food waste as spent grain or table scraps turned to goat and/or chicken feed, Christmas to Compost program

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11100 W 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO  80033
(720) 432-9437

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