Save the date for a farm-fresh dinner, auction, and celebration as we present the 27th annual George E. Cranmer Award to Ruth and Ken Wright, for their legacy of protecting Colorado’s land and water!
Thursday, June 7th
Five Fridges Farm, Wheat Ridge
Click here to see photos from last year’s event.
About Five Fridges Farm
This 13-acre urban farm in the heart of Wheat Ridge is owned and operated by COL Board Member Dr. Amanda Weaver. Dr. Weaver uses the property as a classroom for her students and hosts agricultural demonstrations, keeps bees, grows vegetables, tends goats, and makes cheese and yogurt. From the chickens and the goats to vegetables and grains all the projects at the farm are meant to refine research on how communities can grow sustainably with the water and soil. This property was permanently conserved as an urban working farm in 1991 with Colorado Open Lands.
History of Cheers and the George E. Cranmer Award
Each Spring, Colorado Open Lands hosts Cheers for Conservation, to celebrate the leaders, landowners, and landscapes of Colorado. The event has a dual purpose: as a fundraiser to support Colorado Open Lands’ conservation work, and to honor an individual or group for their lifetime of achievements in support of Colorado’s outdoors, land conservation, and open space.
The George E. Cranmer Award is named for the former Manager of Denver Parks and Improvements (1935-1947). Mr. Cranmer is credited with establishing Denver’s Park and Recreational system, and he was the driving force in developing Red Rocks Amphitheater, Winter Park and many of the city’s public pools. The Cranmer Award goes to a person who has distinguished themselves in open space preservation by going above and beyond what others have done, and often get things completed through determination and force of personality, leaving a legacy that will be valued and enjoyed for generations to come – all characteristics that reflect Mr. Cranmer’s personality and legacy.
Former winners of the George E. Cranmer Award include Colorado’s community of appraisers, The Grant Family, Valerie Gates, Steve Wooten – Beatty Canyon Ranch, Sue Anschutz Rodgers, George Beardsley, The Colorado Forum, and many more distinguished Coloradans.