Historic Johnson Farm barn at Bucking Horse

Bucking Horse

Bucking Horse

Bucking Horse is designed around fulfilling the hunger for community. Visitors and homeowners will be able to discover a community of opportunities nestled in a safe environment. Local vendors will have the chance to share their products and create relationships with those visiting the village, while community gardens and gathering places will encourage homeowners not only to interact but to bond with their neighbors. A trail system, community gardens, a working farm as well as a garden for the farm-to-fork restaurant, are all part of the proposed master plan to protect our land. A variety of homes will be offered within the community including single family and townhome residences.

The theme of the project is based upon the existing 129-year-old Johnson Farm and Jessup Farm buildings which will be rehabilitated in an effort to protect the history and enhance the overall ambiance of the project. Bucking Horse is designed around maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The entire project is designed around trail systems that will encourage outdoor exercise. Healthy retailers, within the Jessup Farm Artisan Village, including a proposed bicycle shop, yoga studio, and fresh local produce along with a clean and safe environment will promote quality of life and health.

The community gardens and farm-to-fork restaurant will teach today's kids how a seed in the ground becomes the food on their plate. Not only will the project allow us to teach society where their food comes from, the children of today will learn how nature can provide endless opportunities for fun and learning. Whether it's building a treehouse, learning about care of the farm animals, or growing vegetables, the project will reflect how plants, animals, and people can live and coexist.

The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann (Part 1) - The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann (Part 2) - Bucking Horse on Morning Edition - Bucking Horse in Kathadin Cedar Log Homes Newsletter - Bucking Horse in American City and County Magazine - Bucking Horse in Lydia's Style Magazine (Page 23) - Bucking Horse mentioned in the New York Times

Five Guiding Principles

Five important principles will guide the Bucking Horse project to become the first of its kind in Northern Colorado.These principles will be the foundation for the saying, “Bucking the Status Quo.” We can no longer settle for the status quo and from these principles we will strive to create new standards for a healthier lifestyle.

Community 

Bucking Horse is designed around fulfilling the hunger for community. Visitors and homeowners will be able to discover a community of opportunities nestled in a safe environment. Local vendors will have the chance to share their products and create relationships with those visiting the village, while community gardens, pool, pool house, and central plaza will encourage homeowners not only to interact but to bond with their neighbors.

Environment 

Bucking Horse’s 160 acres was purchased to safeguard its open spaces and mold the community into a Colorado Casual Farm destination. A trail system, outdoor horse arena, community gardens, as well as a garden for the farm-to-fork restaurant are all part of the proposed master plan to protect our land. The theme of the project is based upon the existing 128-year old farm buildings which will be rehabilitated in an effort to protect the history and enhance the overall ambiance of the project.

Education 

On-site gardens and a farm-to-fork restaurant will teach today’s kids how a seed in the ground becomes the food on their plate. Not only will the project allow us to teach society where their food comes from, the children of today will learn how nature can provide endless opportunities for fun and learning. Whether it’s building a tree house, learning about care of the farm animals, or growing vegetables, the project will reflect how plants, animals, and people can live and coexist.

Health 

Bucking Horse is designed around maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This philosophy demands an end to redundancy and lack of creativity to which we will commit in our time. The entire project is designed around trail systems that will encourage outdoor exercise. Fresh grown fruits and vegetables will reflect a healthier diet while persuading the community to renew contact with nature. “Healthy” retailers including a proposed bicycle shop, yoga studio, and fresh local produce along with a clean and safe environment will promote quality of life and health. 

Economics 

Bucking Horse will offer diverse opportunities to a wide-range of demographics. We want to focus on quality rather than quantity as one of the main building blocks for this project. The goal is to increase the value of the homes within the community while keeping the cost of living affordable (long-term, sustainability, and economically feasible).

Bucking Horse Celebrates the New Neighborhood Pool and Clubhouse!

More than 200 residents - kids and adults alike - came out on a unseasonably warm day on September 29, 2013, to help celebrate the neighborhood's newest amenity! The junior olympic-sized swimming pool, wading pool and clubhouse were recently completed in time to enjoy one last splash before fall arrived. With the help of a great design team and an efficient and mobile construction crew, Bucking Horse can now celebrate this neighborhood asset and look forward to its annual opening in the spring. Thanks to everyone who helped see this project to fruition and a big thanks to the  residents who helped us to celebrate the grand opening and ensured that Bucking Horse is a neighborhood where we’re building a great community, not just great amenities!

Grand opening of the pool party Sept. 29, 2013

The lap pool at the party Sept. 29, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bucking Horse Honored for Sustainability and Healthy Living

Our community was selected as one of the leading projects in the state by the American Planning Association's Colorado Chapter. The project was chosen for the way our planning has addressed agriculture in a new community in an interesting way. Our emphasis on partnerships with non-profit organization to make a development project forward thinking is a measure of its social sustainability, not just for environmental sustainability. Our re-purposing of the historic farm buildings and incorporation of an edible landscape provides transferable lessons that impressed the APA. Bucking Horse also has demonstated community progress by contributing to the  modification of local codes to change development models to incorporate urban agriculture. The Colorado Chapter of the APA held an awards ceremony and reception on October 3, 2013, to highlight the great work going on in our state, including Bucking Horse. Learn more about the Colorado Chapter of the APA.

 

The Townhomes at Bucking Horse are Available for Purchase

Click here to view more information about the Townhomes.

 

Bucking Horse "Ponied" Its First Annual Float in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is a local Fort Collins highlight, with thousands coming to Old Town to watch the parade and revelling in the all-day festivities. We built our float this year, literally from the ground up, and had many people active in the project ride along. We even had goats, chickens, a bunny and pony - oh my! Next year we hope to have the Bucking Horse residents continue the parade float tradition. Thanks to everyone who turned out!

 

Bucking Horse St. Patrick's Day parade float

Bucking Horse St. Patrick's Day parade float being pulled by the tractorBucking Horse parade floatBig turnout for the parade even with the chilly weather

A shetland pony walked with our floatThanks to everyone who participated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Timberline Road between Drake and Prospect in Fort Collins, Colorado
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Project Links

  • Historic Johnson Farm barn at Bucking Horse
    Historic Johnson Farm barn at Bucking Horse
  • Bucking Horse Master Plan
    Bucking Horse Master Plan
  • Bucking Horse Parks, Open Space and Trails Plan
    Bucking Horse Parks, Open Space and Trails Plan
  • Bucking Horse Neighborhood Park and Pool Plan
    Bucking Horse Neighborhood Park and Pool Plan
  • Historic Johnson Farm barn at Bucking Horse
    Historic Johnson Farm barn at Bucking Horse
  • Historic Johnson Farm barn interior at Bucking Horse
    Historic Johnson Farm barn interior at Bucking Horse
  • Historic Johnson Farm barn and outbuildings at Bucking Horse
    Historic Johnson Farm barn and outbuildings at Bucking Horse

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