Terra is the food and agriculture building at CSU Spur

Terra is Latin for earth. Earth provides the nutrients to feed the world. Terra at CSU Spur brings agriculture to life, allowing people to understand where their food comes from, the challenges that lie ahead as the global population grows rapidly, and how we can all participate in shaping our food future.

When you visit the Terra building at CSU Spur, you’ll find:

  • Summer camps
  • K-12 Ag Discovery Center
  • CAM’s Ag Academy Lab
  • Urban agriculture research
  • A food lab and public teaching kitchen
  • Vertical gardens
  • Rooftop greenhouses and a green roof

The CSU Spur campus will be an art destination that reflects the local and global communities. Art located at Terra will include works by Jason Bruges, Patrick Marold, and Denver’s Sandra Fettingis.

Terra will open in Spring 2022; it is designed by Anderson Mason Dale Architects.

Terra Grand Opening Events

Terra Grand Opening
June 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join the milestone ribbon cutting for the Terra building, and stay for some fun, including lunch from local food trucks, live music, and building tours. (RSVP encouraged here.)

Kids Day at Terra
June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Curious kids of all ages are invited to their first experience at Terra! Enjoy a day of taste testing foods, painting with plant-based watercolors, the CSU Bug Zoo, and so much more!

Community, Family and Friends Afternoon at Terra
June 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy an open house to see (and smell!) all the Terra building has to offer – on-view labs, greenhouses, a kitchen, interactive exhibits, the best view of downtown Denver, and more. Plus, be part of a community art project that will hang in the Terra building!

What to expect at Terra

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GREENHOUSES

Terra will have a rooftop greenhouse and green roof, showcasing and conducting research on urban agricultural techniques.

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FOOD LAB

Terra’s industry food lab will have tasting booths for new product development, as part of partnerships with food-related companies.

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DENVER METRO EXTENSION CENTER

CSU Extension’s hub at Terra will complement the Denver Extension office.

CSU Spur partners on site at Terra

The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is an emerging formal network of stakeholders in agricultural advisory services. The NAAAN links existing agricultural extension communities with one another and with stakeholders in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The NAAAN connects with counterparts in other countries through its membership in the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), and focuses its work in three thematic areas: biodefense/biosecurity and management of natural disasters; climate change and soil and water management; and youth skill building and career development.

Together We Grow is a national industry consortium for the U.S. Food and Agriculture sector, building the workforce that will feed the future, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion across a membership that includes many of the largest agribusiness interests in the United States, academic institutions, NGOs, and governmental institutions. Together We Grow champions best practices that advance cultures of belonging, engages with members to build inclusive pipelines of talent that will drive future innovation, and elevates awareness of the dynamic, STEM-forward careers offered within the U.S. agriculture industry. While Together We Grow will office out of the larger Hydro building, it will work closely with partners in Terra.