2015 CSA Share Options

2015 Chatfield CSA Shares

 

The 2015 Chatfield Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) program provides a season of sustainably grown produce from late-May through mid-November. The CSA offers a market-style distribution which allows shareholders to select their own produce/quantities. The distribution process varies depending on the amount of weekly produce, but takes at least 10 minutes. There are two distribution sites to pick up shares: Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street on Tuesdays from 4 - 7 p.m. and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield in Littleton (at the farm) on Thursdays from 4 - 7 p.m. We hope to start bringing you beautiful produce around the final week of May or the first of June - finger's crossed!

Full Share: $475 
The full-season vegetable share lasts approximately 23 weeks and the season has been extended by 2 weeks. A new fall pick up with Thanksgiving items such as sweet potatoes, root crops, onions/garlic and lavender bouquets for the table. This share size is intended to feed 3-4 people however it depends on how often you cook at home and the quantity of veggies you regularly eat.

Supporting Share: $800* 
The full-season vegetable share lasts approximately 24 weeks - one pick up has been added for this share! Supporting Shares will enable the Chatfield CSA to continue and expand efforts of our farm stand outreach program while also supporting farm sustainability including no-till/cover crop innovations and bio-diesels.
The cost of this share is $500 which includes an extra spring pickup, seasonal specialty produce and unique events.  $300 will go towards our outreach and sustainability projects on the farm.    

*All Supporting Shares are partially tax-deductible and letter of donation will be provided.

Supporting Share Benefits:

  • Enjoy a Longer Season: The Supporting Share produce season will begin earlier in May with lettuces, greens and items such as broccoli or bok choy.
  • Receive Specialty Produce: In addition to receiving the full share, there will be some crops that are just for the supporters!
  • Farm to Fork Dinner: Invitation to a complimentary special event with a cocktail hour, farm tour and progressive meal.

Volunteer Shares 

The Chatfield CSA also offers a limited number of Volunteer Shares. Discounts are given at the end of the season when the 60 hours have been fulfilled, so please select a regular full share and get your reimbursement at the end. This share provides a $160 discount in exchange for 60 hours of volunteering throughout the growing season (May – October). Volunteer shareholders are a very important part of our program. Please email josie.hart@botanicgardens.org  for more information and to set up an interview with CSA staff.

2015 SHARE COST ANALYSIS

Share Size

Share Cost

Weeks Included 

Adults per Share

(approximately)

Cost per Week

Cost per Adult per Week  

(2 adults)

Full Share

$475

23

3-4

$20.65

$10.30

Supporting Share

$800

24

3-4

$33.35

$16.68

Volunteer share 

$315

23

3-4

$13.69 

$6.84

 Egg Share  $115  20  one dozen  $5.75  n/a

Fruit Share

 

$200

11

one size

$18.80

n/a

Meat Share  Locavore Delivery  contact:jay@locavore.com   Meat Share      
           

Split Payments Option

To make payment more manageable, we provide an optional payment plan to split the cost into equal payments. For example: If you purchase the share in February, you have five months to pay in full, so monthly payments will be approximately $95 (full share) or $160 (supporting share).

Additional Shares

We are offering three additional shares this year. Shareholders are required to purchase a vegetable share in order to take advantage of additional shares. Each share will be a 20-week commitment, with upfront payment required.

  • Organic Fruit:  $200. NO PRICE CHANGE! The fruit share begins the second week of August and includes approximately 11 weeks of local organic fruit (provided by Ela Family farms in Hotchkiss, CO). Fruit includes pre-bagged organic peaches, plums, pears, apples and cider. Info on Fruit Varieties 

  • Local Grass-fed Heritage Meat:  Info on Meat Share

  • Local Free Range Eggs: $115 NO PRICE CHANGE! Eggs are provided by Eastern Plains Natural Food Co-op, a long-standing organization that supports Colorado small-scale egg producers. All eggs are raised with humane, free-range practices with natural or organic grain feed. Info on Eggs

Local Products Available for Weekly Purchase (cash or check)

  • Local Lavender Bouquets and Soap: grown down the road from us, prices vary
  • Chatfield Honey: Local honey from our very own Chatfield farm is sold at each distribution starting in August. Shareholders are welcome to visit the bee hives at any time.
  • Fresh Cut Flower Bouquets: All flowers are sustainably grown at Chatfield.
  • Pine Mountain Homestead: fresh varieties of local goat cheeses for sale at each distribution 

New and continued outreach efforts/partners of the CSA program:

  • Expanded Chatfield CSA Farm Stand at Denver Human Services: Families that receive federal food assistance can become part of our community and use Electronic Benefit Cards at the farm stand to purchase fresh, discounted CSA produce. For more information, visit the CSA website. In 2015 the CSA will expand to all three Denver Human Services locations.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens Urban Food Initiative: The CSA will continue to donate produce and programming support to Mo’ Betta Greens Marketplace in the Five Points neighborhood, local food banks, Denver Housing Authority and Cooking Matters. Since the 2010 start of the Chatfield CSA, we have donated more than 10,000 pounds of produce to local organizations!
  • The Veteran Reintegration Program: Launched in 2013, the program provides a therapeutic farming experience as well as paid CSA positions to veterans. The program focuses on helping veterans reintegrate into society and learn a new skill. To learn more about Chatfield’s Veteran Reintegration Program, visit our website.

CSA Benefits for All Shareholders

  • Local, seasonal artisan products available for individual purchase.
  • Weekly CSA e-newsletter.
  • Invitations to CSA shareholder events and community activities.
  • Discounts on the CSA Education Series that includes classes on canning/preserving and children’s programs held at Chatfield during the growing season.
  • Cooking demonstrations and recipes. 
  • Shareholder gleaning days and work days - open invitation, no obligations