Completing Phase One of the Great Asparagus Project

On Monday, April 28th, Phase 1 of the Black Cat Farm great asparagus project (planting  asparagus on two acres of the Lousberg City of Boulder Open Space property on Jay Road and 51st) completed successfully.

Black Cat Farm workers, along with seven volunteers that the City of Boulder Open Space department solicited, planted 10,000 second-year asparagus crowns. Asparagus plants can live as long as 25 years, so the hope is that they will survive and produce abundantly for at least the next 10-12 years. Along the ditches and fence lines of rural Boulder County, wild asparagus flourishes despite the dry unpredictable Colorado weather. This suggests that the conditions are good for cultivated asparagus.

The asparagus fields are adjacent to the sheep pastures. After the asparagus crown planting, the Open Space volunteers petted the spring lambs.

Here’s to future abundant asparagus harvests blessing the Boulder Farmers’ Market shoppers. Baaa.


* Many thanks to Lauren Kolb with the City of Boulder Open Space department for letting us include her photos in this post. We also want to shout out to Lauren and the volunteers who helped with the planting. You all are super fantastic. Thank you.

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