2015 was the beginning of a major reorganization as we partnered with Boulder County in effort to better serve the community. After twelve successful years of business, Sunflower was suddenly faced with incredible County demands, conditions, and deadlines. Indirectly, and as a result, kids programming, such as Camps and SproutHouse, were immediately cancelled. Quickly, all staff scrambled to find other meaningful work. Hundreds of families struggled to make alternative summer plans as refunds were dispersed. For five months, as Sunflower’s future set on the desk of lawyers, the farm was incredibly still. Towards the end of October, 2015, an agreement was finally reached, granting Sunflower the right to stay open to the public. Commercial permitting and the engineering of new restrooms, handicap walkways, and building renovations are currently underway in our effort to rebuild our kids’ programming and serve the community. The good news? In recognizing Sunflower’s community significance, both parties were able to come together with your family’s interest, safety, wellness, education and joy at heart. In addition, we sigh with relief, knowing Sunflower has left a mark and is officially here to stay, long after Farmer John and I complete our term as caretakers of the land.