Venetucci Farm to debut wedding venue, flower gardens
Last updated 2/26/2021 at 2:27pm
Operators of Venetucci Farm – a place that is held dear in the memories of many area residents – have announced big plans for the property, including a new wedding and events venue, a flower farm and a fall pumpkin festival.
After much renovating, the facilities are nearly ready for use and accepting reservations for late spring and summer events. Representatives from Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCF), which owns the farm, said they are excited to bring life back to the property and hope the community will join in the many events that will take place there in the near future.
"We want the farm to belong to the community and not just us," said Amy Triandiflou, PPCF communications representative. "We are looking forward to being a good neighbor."
Located on the west side of Hwy. 85/87 just north of Main Street in Security, the farm is in a central location for people in the greater Colorado Springs region looking for a rustic events venue. Organizers are optimistic that people looking for a barn-style wedding will find just what they're looking for here. They've gone to considerable lengths to incorporate repurposed wood from old cottonwood trees that previously lined the driveway but were irreparably damaged due to drought and other conditions.
In addition to the three major attractions, Venetucci Farm will hold a variety of events and classes throughout the year focusing on gardening, flowers, tours of the farm, and more. The first on the schedule is a March 20 class on hand-tied bouquets, where students will learn the art of crafting a bouquet with Colorado-grown flowers.
Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the property is the pumpkins, and PPCF intends to carry on that tradition through the Great Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October.
Leading these efforts is Nikki McComsey, who began her flower-growing business, Gather Mountain Blooms, in her backyard last year and recently moved it to Venetucci Farm where it will be able to expand. McComsey, as part of her lease agreement with PPCF, serves as the site manager and will be in charge of the events venue and the fall festival.
The opportunity to not only pursue her own business but be part of this greater endeavor is a challenge McComsey is facing with enthusiasm. She said the mission of Nick and Bambi Venetucci, the last of the Venetucci family to operate the farm, included community investment and giving neighbors the opportunity to actively experience the farm in person.
To that end, she envisions visitors strolling the grounds and taking in the colorful blooms and floral fragrances that can't compare to store-bought flowers, which often are imported from other countries.
"They smell so wonderful," she said while tending to some sweet pea seedlings that soon will grace the outdoor gardens.
For much more information about the farm and future plans, scheduled events, and photos showing recent progress, see the upcoming weekly issue of Fountain Valley News on March 3.