Friday, April 22, 2011

Bunker living, free seeds and Tuscan wine

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM


Did someone say "weekend round-up of totally unconnected events and news"?

You got it!

• Item the first: Totally apropos to my mildly morbid feature on Sam Andy in yesterday's paper, we received a press release today on Surefire Living, in essence a "secure community survival" colony.

Livin' large — underground.
  • Livin' large — underground.

The Colorado-based outfit is apparently going to be featured on the Discovery Channel soon, with filming beginning on May 1.

Buy-in to the community begins in the $500,000 range ... so we can all rest assured that the world's repopulation post-apocalypse will be in the fine hands of the wealthy and elite.

• Next: the Pikes Peak Community Foundation will be giving away free seeds today and tomorrow across town.

From the release, here's the vital info:

The Second Chance Seed Give-away kicks off on Friday, April 22nd with a wide array of wildflower seeds available for free at the PPCF offices, located at 730 N. Nevada Ave. Members of the public are welcome to visit the office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to obtain Phlox Twinkle Mixture, Swiss Giant Pansy, Yellow Prairie Coneflower, Coreopsis, Foxglove, Sweet William, and African Daisies.

The second stop for the “seed tour” on April 22nd is at Aspen Valley Ranch’s booth at the Earth Day Fair in Woodland Park. This takes place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland Park Library, located at 218 Midland Ave. Aspen Valley Ranch, an initiative of PPCF, will be giving away Mammoth Dill, Kentucky Wonder Beans, Giant Noble Spinach, Early Frosty Peas, and Red Salad Bowl Lettuce.

Next up, on Saturday, April 23rd, next-door neighbors Venetucci Farm and Pinello Ranch — both of which are also PPCF initiatives — will be opening their doors to visitors from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Venetucci Farm will have high-quality “black gold” manure for sale to help all these free seeds grow plentifully. The sifted, composted manure comes from cows raised humanely and without antibiotics or growth hormones on the Callicrate Ranch in Kansas. Thanks to a close partnership with Ranch Foods Direct, Venetucci Farm received a large amount of the “black gold” and is able to sell its surplus at low cost: $25 for a cubic yard or $5 for two 5-gallon buckets. Venetucci Farm is located at 5210 S. Hwy 85.

Just to the north of Venetucci Farm, also between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, visitors can take a sneak peek at the incredible wildlife and birding haven of Pinello Ranch while they pick up a huge variety of free seeds: Mammoth Dill, White Bush Scallop Squash, Green Hubbard Squash, Early Frosty Peas, Red Salad Bowl Lettuce, Baby Blue Hubbard Squash, Kentucky Wonder Bush Beans, Top Notch Golden Wax Beans, Green Arrow Garden Peas, and Cranberry Pole Beans. Pinello Ranch is located at 4940 S. Hwy 85.

For more info on our seed give-away, please call 389-1251 or email

• Lastly: On Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m., the Summit at the Broadmoor will host its next wine dinner. It features Italy's Tuscany region with San Felice wines. Seats are $99 per head plus tax and tip. Call 577-5896 for reservations.

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