Professor ditches classroom for farm

WHEAT RIDGE - University of Colorado Denver Professor Amanda Weaver takes her job so seriously that she lives in her classroom. Her classroom just so happens to be on a farm.

Weaver purchased Five Fridges Farm, driven by her passion for urban agriculture. In 2013, she began allowing CU Denver to use her farm as an outdoor classroom for the classes with the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

She owns and cares for all of the animals. Urban farming is beginning to appeal to more people, as the concept makes its way into cities across the metro area.

Denver city officials are considering an amendment to its zoning code which would allow residents to sell home-grown food at their homes. Current law allows residents to only sell home-grown food at farmer's markets and restaurants located in commercial zones.

They may also donate that home-grown food to a food bank. The new ordinance would allow residents to remain at home while selling produce and so-called "cottage foods" such as whole eggs, teas, nuts, preserves and other items defined in the State of Colorado Cottage Foods Act.

Weaver uses her farm to teach students about the techniques of urban farming. Farm and apprenticeship/internship programs are tailored to students' interests and career plans, with options focused on urban planning, conservation, water rights and other topics.

The farm and all of its animals are located five miles from the CU Denver campus.

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