Stapleton development partners with urban garden company

By Matthew Patane
The Denver Post
POSTED: 08/06/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT

With homes going up all around them, Jae Bowman, left, and Bryant Mason of The Urban Farm Company of Colorado are planting and harvesting from raised-bed gardens in the Northfield development of the Stapleton neighborhood. (Photos by Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

Driving up Uinta Street into Stapleton's newest neighborhood, potential homeowners are greeted by a visitor's center, adorned with a wraparound sign that reads "Urban Nature."

Conservatory Green, which developer Forest City Stapleton is advertising as "urban" and "garden-ready," is embracing the idea that individuals can become farmers, or at least gardeners, even in tight urban areas.

"I think there's always been demand for this type of thing, but that demand has grown over the years," Forest City spokesman Tom Gleason said.

Forest City Stapleton recently entered into an agreement with The Urban Farm Company of Colorado to offer homebuyers raised-bed gardens for their front yards or backyards.

"These huge corporate home builders, they have begun to realize that this is what people want," said Bryant Mason, the founder of Urban Farm.

Mason, a 2011 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, said he started Urban Farm when he realized more people along the Front Range were interested in growing their own food.

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