Denver Botanic Gardens is committed to increasing access to fresh, healthy food through a number of community-based projects.
Denver Housing Authority (DHA)
With management from Gardens’ agricultural experts, Mariposa residents have volunteered with the maintenance and harvesting of the Mariposa Urban Farm, located in their development. Residents volunteering with the program receive a share of the produce every week. Produce from the farm is sold at a weekly, low-cost farm stand that also accepts EBT payments. Leftover produce is distributed free of cost to low-income DHA residents.
Denver Human Services (DHS)
Farm stands at four DHS locations provide fresh vegetables, local fruits and other farm-fresh products for sale to Denver residents June - October. Recipes and cooking demonstrations available weekly. DHS provides public assistance and programming to Denver’s most vulnerable people. With discounts including Double Bucks, recipients of SNAP benefits (food assistance) can shop affordably at the Farm Stand. More information on Double Bucks can be found here. The Farm Stands also accept cash, check or credit card.
Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA)
The CSA program at Chatfield Farms, launched in 2010, was the first offered by a botanic garden. The CSA provides their 270 subscriber families with fresh, local produce for 20 weeks out of the year. Several tons of vegetables have been donated since the CSA's inception. This CSA is also the growing site for the DHS farm stands.
Community Garden at Congress Park
More than 150 neighborhood gardeners grow produce for their families and community members at the Community Garden. Additional produce is donated to food banks and other distribution programs every year.
Our Education Department visits schools across Colorado with the Cultivation Cruiser, a classroom on wheels. The Grow Local Colorado program helps design vegetable community gardens across the metro area. Onsite programs use the Gardens at York Street and Chatfield Farms as living classrooms for kids and families. Chatfield Farms’ Veterans Farm Program invites veterans to learn farming skills at the CSA.
The Sensory Garden at York Street stimulates all five senses – including taste. Le Potager Garden features vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. The Chipotle Home Harvest Garden in the Mordecai Children’s Garden hosts kids' food-based classes.