Venetucci Farm To Return As Urban Flower Farm And Event Space

March 2, 2021
A water tank and tractor at Venetucci farm, April 2018. Water contamination in the Widefield aquifer prompted the farm to suspend a water lease with the Security and Widefield water districts in 2017, leading to the suspension of operations at the farm.A water tank and tractor at Venetucci farm, April 2018. Water contamination in the Widefield aquifer prompted the farm to suspend a water lease with the Security and Widefield water districts in 2017, leading to the suspension of operations at the farm. Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC
A water tank and tractor at Venetucci farm, April 2018. Water contamination in the Widefield aquifer prompted the farm to suspend a water lease with the Security and Widefield water districts in 2017, leading to the suspension of operations at the farm.

The iconic Venetucci Farm in Colorado Springs will soon reopen as an urban flower farm and event venue. 

Long known for its pumpkin patch and sustainably grown vegetables, Venetucci Farm closed several years ago after potentially toxic chemicals were discovered in the Widefield aquifer.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which manages the farm, has inked a five-year deal with Gather Mountain Blooms for the urban flower farm. According to the foundation, the company will continue the Venetucci legacy of sustainable practices in growing a range of flowers as well as herbs and grasses.

Additionally, the company plans to hold flower workshops, farm tours and a weekly flower stand.

The foundation commissioned a study in 2019 to look at ways the farm could reopen and honor its impact and history. The study determined three primary uses would fit the bill: a distillery, a wedding and event venue and fall festival grounds. Ultimately, the flower farm took the place of a distillery.

"Venetucci is sacred ground to those of us who grew up in Colorado Springs," said Sam Clark, the executive director of the Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation, in a press release.

The Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation supports the Pikes Peak Community Foundation through real estate capital.

"We have spent the last two years planning for its strong future and are pleased to be sharing the space with Gather Mountain Blooms, a company that understands the significance of the farm's history and the powerful role it plays in many community members' lives."

Venetucci Farm will also book weddings and other events, and plans to bring back a pumpkin festival in the fall.