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Around Slupik MiniFarm


The Farmhouse

For the first several years, we focused on bringing the life and love back to the sad and neglected house, striving to make it a place where we would love to be and where our guests immediately feel comfortable. Most of the interior has been updated, and most recently, we rebuilt the wraparound porch and created outdoor dining, cooking, and lounging spaces where we spend time relaxing when we aren't busy planting, harvesting, building, or maintaining!


The Treehouse

With Treehouse Masters as our inspiration and Pete Nelson's books as our guide, we designed and built a two-story treehouse 10 feet off the ground.  The second story has a loft for summer sleepovers, and the higher platform leads to a zipline that runs across the yard. Many of the materials were bought second-hand from a neighbor or from the salvage yard.  The front deck provides an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains and provides a great spot for watching the sunset.  A recent addition to the treehouse is an obstacle course for the kids, which runs along the underside of the treehouse and challenges their strength, endurance, and balance.


The Greenhouse

One of our more recent projects has been building a small greenhouse for starting seeds and growing plants in the off-season.  Over time, we collected the windows and door from flea markets and salvage yards, allowing the windows to dictate the design of the greenhouse.  The structure was built from wood we salvaged from our old porch and sided with the old porch ceiling.  The floor is made from a stack of bricks that were left to us with the house.  The tables inside were also built with wood salvaged from the porch.


The Flower House

The Flower House was designed and constructed by Dan and Molly and is our honor system flower stand. From Spring through Fall, we have flower bouquets and arrangements, plant starts, eggs, handmade cards, and other beautiful things out for purchase at the corner of our property. 

Click here to learn more about The Flower House.


The Flower Field

In 2020 we took a leap and started a cut flower farm! Armed with an abundance of knowledge from the Floret Online Workshop, we expanded our growing space to include a flower field, a peony field, and a pumpkin patch. Together these total over 4200 sq. ft. of growing space. In the flower field we grow unique tulip varieties, eye-catching alliums, colorful anemones, dazzling ranunculus, many stunning varieties of dahlias, unique flowers like Bells of Ireland, all-around favorites like snapdragons and zinnias, and a whole lot more!  Our peony field has over 230 peony plants in numerous colors and varieties and gives us armloads of fragrant fluffy peonies every June. In addition, we have several large perennial beds where we grow greenery, herbs, and perennial flowers to supplement our annually grown flowers.


The Peony Field

In 2019 we turned over another section of the property to create a peony field.  On a frigid fall morning, we planted 235 peony roots, in a large assortment of colors and varieties, in a field we created behind the house.  Until this year we've been letting the plants and roots get established without harvesting from them, but this year we are so excited for our first peony harvest!  We can hardly wait to harvest armloads of beautiful peonies to share with you!


The Garden

When we found this property, it had a large garden, but it was completely neglected and overrun by grass and weeds. The raised beds were completely rotted. One of our big projects early on was renovating the entire garden.  We scraped out the grass, rebuilt the beds and filled them with healthy soil, laid new pathways, ran irrigation to the garden, rebuilt the collapsing fence, and extended the fence to create a space for chickens.  Every year, we squeeze as many veggies and flowers as we can into the eight large garden beds.  We also added a couple of cold frames and the ability to put hoops over each of the beds to extend our growing season, as Colorado typically sees snow and cold temps late into spring and starting early in fall.


The Pumpkin Trellises

Because we love to grow pumpkins, and they take a lot of space to grow, we're always looking for new ways to fit more into the space we have.  In 2022 we added a new pumpkin growing space with multiple trellises for the pumpkin vines to grow up.  We let the smaller varieties grow up the trellises, and the larger ones spill over the edges of the raised beds into the surrounding area.  Growing them vertically saves space and makes for a beautiful architectural feature when they all fill out!  We have also eliminated the grass surrounding these beds to reduce the need for water and the space for weeds to thrive.


The Chickens

We have a happy flock of chickens who provide us with a constant supply of fresh eggs and who help clean up our extra food scraps. They're also a great companion to the garden, as their waste is used for compost and they're helpful in keeping the bugs in check.  We've been adding different varieties of hens who are not only beautiful and colorful themselves, but who also lay a wide range of colorful eggs.  Our chickens are fed only organic feed.  Eggs are available for purchase most Saturdays from April through September at our flower stand in Niwot, CO.


The Studio

Our detached garage came with a studio space, complete with a bathroom, above it.  It was rundown and unusable at the time we bought the property, but it had the bones we needed to turn it into something usable with mostly cosmetic repairs. The space is now a private suite for our guests!  Our guests can enjoy their own space, separate from the rest of the house (and from the noise of our kids!) while enjoying views of the garden and chickens out the back and sunsets over the Rocky Mountains out the front.


Visit Slupik MiniFarm

Our farm is not open to the public (other than our roadside stand), but occasionally during the growing season we host events or offer opportunities for you to come in and visit the farm and tour the gardens. Subscribe to our newsletter below to stay informed of those opportunities!

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