Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Organic Alternatives

Owner Steve Ackerman pauses in the doorway of a flower room at the Organic Alternatives grow warehouse in Fort Collins Thursday, July 17, 2014. The process involves use of high-intensity lights and air conditioning and Ackerman said he made arrangements to purchase wind energy credits to offset the use of fossil fuels for this process.

I shot and edited a video project for this story, you can see it here:


Rainbow Lunch

From left, Emily Grentz, 8, Rebekah Johnson, 6, and Kaylee Grentz, 10, shred lettuce for wraps during the Rainbow Lunches kids' cooking class at the Gardens at Spring Creek in Fort Collins Thursday, July 24, 2014.



Market. Red, orange, green, white.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Marcus, 3

Marcus Boeding, 3, sits on the sidewalk outside his home in Fort Collins Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Marcus was born with total anomalous pulmonary venous return, a congenital heart disease where the pulmonary veins do not connect from the lungs back to the heart, and had open heart surgery when he was about 5 weeks old. He is going strong at 3, and his family will ride in the 25th Annual Courage Classic to benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado in his honor, where Marcus received his life-saving surgery.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Retail Marijuana

Friday, June 20, was the first day Organic Alternatives in Fort Collins opened as a retail marijuana store. Organic Alternatives previously sold medical marijuana as a dispensary. It is the first retail marijuana store to open in Fort Collins city limits and the second in Larimer County and sells a variety of strains, edibles and other forms of cannabis.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Life on the Jessen Farm

Chris and Pam Jessen are farmers, but their Loveland farm isn't exactly typical.

There are chickens, miniature cows and micro-miniature cows, donkeys, peacocks, a wallaby and a red kangaroo.

"As a kid I always wanted to live on a farm and have cows, pigs, horses and chickens," Chris Jessen said. "When I bought my property, I originally was looking for an investment opportunity that had something to do with livestock. I researched alpacas, reindeer, emus, ostriches and miniature cows. I felt miniature cows were the best opportunity because of their rarity and ease of care."

The couple raise the cows under the business Lovable Little Ones and sell calves mainly as pets about six times a year. They currently have 11 cows on 5 acres. Although miniature cows are mostly kept as pets, they can be milked, although "you may have to get down on your belly" to do so, according to Jessen, and they are sometimes raised for meat. Jessen said they are 23 percent more efficient than regular cows because they require less food and less space.

Many of the chickens are rescues received from friends and acquaintances who are no longer able to keep them. Chicks are sometimes given to children for the experience of raising the animals but are welcomed back when full grown.

There's a video, too! VIDEO

Friday, May 23, 2014

Graduations, graduations, graduations

Centennial High School's graduation was #4 for me this season, followed by #5 tonight and #6 tomorrow...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On the Set of the Merciless Flowers Shoot

My totally badass friend Meagan Chandler is making a short film to accompany "Merciless Flowers" from her debut album "Sensual" and is seeking help from anyone and everyone to help with production costs. Cinema Raven company shot a promotional video today to help with the campaign, and I offered my services as set photographer. They shot several interviews and the first scene of the short film, which involves Meagan holding fire in her hands whilst in a bubble bath. The concept of the video centers around modern-day superheroes who help Meagan's character to reconnect with her wild side. More: The Campaign