Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms grows seven acres of mixed sustainably grown vegetables,flowers and fruit along the banks of Deer Creek in Jefferson county. The land was settled by pioneer farmers and ranchers and returning the land back to the original heritage is a goal. Chatfield Farms also has a shared mission to restore the soil, the creek, the wild natives to create a resilient farm.
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” - Aldo Leopaldo, "The Ethic of the Land"
In Leopold’s vision of a land ethic, the relationships between people and land are intertwined: care for people cannot be separated from care for the land. A land ethic is a moral code of conduct that grows out of these interconnected caring relationships.