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community supporting agriculture
Denver Botanic Gardens and Kaiser Permanente have created a first-of-its-kind Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) program. The community farm provides fresh local produce to Colorado families.
Made possible through a three-year, $500,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente, the CSA operates as a community farm at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield—located at C-470 and Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton. The CSA model is based on establishing a community and reconnecting people with their food; this is our primary focus.
The farm provides fresh local produce to Colorado families and organizations that serve communities in need in the Rocky Mountain Region. Shares of the farm are sold to members of the public who then receive fresh produce on a weekly basis during the harvest season, from June through October. Shareholders can choose to pick up their produce at either Denver Botanic Gardens location — York Street or Chatfield. Over the past three years, the Chatfield CSA has grown a total of 48.5 tons (97,038 lbs.) of produce. Just under four tons (7,879 lbs.) have been donated to local organizations. The Chatfield CSA, now in its fourth year, offers classes, an expanded volunteer program, and additional local products for sale at CSA distributions.
We use sustainable practices in our fields, however our produce is not certified organic. This means we do not use any chemical-based herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers in our crops. Crops grown for the CSA program include arugula, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, perennial and annual herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, hot and sweet peppers, potatoes, radishes, salad mix, spinach, summer squash/zucchini, swiss chard, tomatoes and winter squash.
Support for Other Small-Scale Producers
The Chatfield CSA partners with other local businesses to provide a variety of additional shares, including fresh-baked bread from Red Mountain Bakery, locally grown mushrooms from Hazel Dell, locally grown fruit from Ela Family Farms, locally roasted coffee from Pablo's Coffee, and local eggs from High-Plains Food Co-op.
The Chatfield CSA can't thrive without volunteers! We offer weekly volunteer shifts, as well as Volunteer Shares that offer a $125 discount on vegetable shares in exchange for 60 volunteer hours throughout the growing season (May through October). If you are interested in volunteering with the CSA, please contact us at email@example.com.
Shares for 2013 are now sold out! Please visit the Chatfield CSA website to learn more about the program.