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Posted 5/19/2017 11:42am by Josie Hart.


Dear Shareholders,

Hello from snowy Chatfield Farms! With temperatures possibly dipping down into the high 20s here, we'll have to see how the crops come through the weekend before we make a call on starting distributions next week, as originally scheduled (weekly at 4p.m. - Tuesday and Thursday). We'll be back in touch by Monday to let you know if we will have distribution next week or push it back to the following week.

In the meantime, I'd like to introduce our staff this season, or rather have them introduce themselves. Here's a photo of the crew from today and a brief introduction.

 

Betzi: I'm so excited for my third season farming here at Chatfield Farms, the sixth season of my farming career. I love good work for its own sake and it's important to me to be connected to community and the land.

 Alicia: I'm excited for my first season working on a farm. Last summer I was here learning about farming with the Veterans Farm Program and I'm enjoying putting that knowledge to use here at Chatfield Farms and in my garden at home.

 Jordan: I have been lucky enough to farm on the East Coast and make my way out to Colorado for the season. Looking forward to sharing recipes with you all this season!

Lindsay: The "Okra King!" I recently moved to Colorado and am very excited to be a part of the team at Chatfield Farms. This is my fourth year growing organic produce and I am working to start a market farm of my own.

Tim: Hello! I'm 24 years old. I'm originally from Boulder and a Colorado State alum. This is the third CSA program I've worked for and I'm really excited to be part of the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms team!

And of course, Phil Cordelli, CSA Farm Manager is at the helm of the CSA Farm with Josie Hart, Program Manager reaching out on a regular basis to you all--we are both here if you have questions or need help navigating!

This weekend we will send a brief "How To" for our CSA distributions so all who are new this year feel comfortable at our market-style CSA. 

We look forward to feeding your family and getting to know you. The land here belongs to all of us and we are excited to be good stewards of it!

Still Available: We are stilling selling our fermentation share! If you would like to pick up a renewing Balanced Belly drink every week, 
(cultured monthly veggies also included)...
click here: http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/members/types  

 

Posted 4/10/2017 12:32pm by Josie Hart.

Dear shareholders,

We have great news! We are ready to sell our Balanced Belly Share, offered by none other than Five Points Fermentation Co (a small, employee-owned collective of scientists, artists, herbalists and chefs.)

An imbalance of probiotic or beneficial microbes to pathogenic microbes in the gut can be indicted in ailments ranging from depression to gluten intolerance, to acne. This year we are offering you and your digestive system a choice.

Restoring your gut can be a fun and beautiful adventure. We are hand-crafting and curating an intentional and delicious probiotic experience that you can’t find…anywhere but here.

We’re bringing you something new and delicious every single week for 20 weeks, exposing you to a diversity of beneficial microbes, organic herbs, spices and local fruits and veggies. 

Each Week you'll will receive a probiotic cocktail like our Immortal Jun Tea (with a base of unusual, organic fine teas from China, raw Rocky Mountain honey & El Dorado spring water). Or, one of our mineral rich “BioBeers” incorporating our organic roots, herbs and seasonal fruit from Colorado farms and orchards wrapped up into creations like The Tale of Ashwagandha (local berries, ginger, bitter orange peel, passionflower, lime juice, raw honey…etc). 

Each Month you’ll receive a pound (16 oz) of  probiotic veggie creations such as: Mamma CJ's Summer Kimchi, our Ayurvedic curry kraut - recipes are from experts around the world that focus on the heritage of foods from India, Korea, Germany, etc. We bring you organic spices and flavors from around the world with organic veggies grown by Colorado’s most talented farmers.

Five Points Fermentation will send you a love letter each week describing her bio brew creations and cultured veggies along with their health benefits and recipe stories. You will also have access to exclusive, hands-on traditional food workshops and culinary events. 

 

Price Break-down: Weekly 32 oz growler (four 8 oz glasses) - $17 Monthly
1 lb (16 oz) of cultured veggies - $12 monthly 

$20 a week, charged to your account on a monthly basis ($80 a month). 
This share is 20 weeks long, $400 total each share.

TO SIGN UP:
http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/members/types 

Reach out directly at fivepointsfermentation@gmail.com or questions and preview some of the upcoming flavors and recipes. 

 

 Asia Dorsey, owner of Five Points Fermentation at Union Station Farmers Market 

 

Posted 3/27/2017 11:46am by Josie Hart Genter.



Hello everyone,

We know many of you are already signed up for a 2017 Chatfield CSA share. But some of you were not able to sign up in time and so we wanted to reach out with some additional farm shares that do a CSA drop off at various locations in Denver: 

SPROUT CITY FARMS southeast Denver and Lakewood

EVERITT FARMS - Lakewood Area

PASTURES of PLENTY - several Denver sites

ELA FRUIT SHARES (fruit csa), several sites

FARM YARD CSA - Wash park area

The GrowHaus - several pickup sites

MONROE FARMS - oldest organic farm in Co. - several sites in Denver.

GRACE FARMS - Highlands Ranch, Littleton, several sites

We wish you fresh, healthy and local eating this summer! Thanks so much for being involved in the local farm movement. We need YOU!

 

Posted 3/24/2017 12:20pm by Josie Hart.


Dear Shareholders,

One update: The first pick up days are going to be Tuesday May 23 and Thursday May 25.

One tip: To update/add extra shares to your account please try using this link, or head to our homepage and use the member portal.  http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/members/updatemembership 

 

Posted 3/24/2017 10:24am by Josie Hart Genter.

Hello everyone,

We are sold out of our 2017 CSA shares! If you are still looking for a CSA this summer, we have put together a list of Farms that do CSA pick up locations in the Denver area.

 http://sproutcityfarms.org/store/products/category/dgs-csa/ 

http://www.everittfarms.com/ 

http://berrypatchfarms.com/summer-2017-csa.html 

http://www.elafamilyfarms.com/farmers-marketscsasevents/csa (fruit csa)

http://farmyardcsa.com 

All these farms have CSA pick ups at several Denver locations. 

You can still purchase add-on shares from our website through the month of April. Shares still available are eggs, fruit, mushrooms and our new fermentation share. Please use the member portal to update your share types from our homepage.You must already be a member with us to purchase the additional shares.

 

Posted 2/20/2017 3:54pm by Josie Hart Genter.

The season is officially on! Onions just sprouted! All 8,000 of them. So exciting!

 

Posted 2/20/2017 11:14am by Josie Hart.


Dear friends,

You are receiving this email because you singed our waitlist to purchase a Chatfield Farms CSA share. We still have quite a few of you on this list who have NOT purchased a share yet. We are getting ready to release our shares to the public this week! 

You can purchase a share by simply clicking the link below:

  Sign up now! 

Thank you so much everyone!

The Chatfield Farms' CSA

 

 

Posted 2/6/2017 3:10pm by Josie Hart.


Dear waitlisted friends of the Chatfield CSA,

It is now time to purchase your CSA share! Please read through our options first so you can familiarize yourself with our shares, prices, etc. by visiting our Share Options page. If you know what type of shares you would like, then please click this link to sign up now. Sign up now!

 If you need assistance, please contact Josie Hart at josie.hart@botanicgardens.org 

Thanks everyone!

 

 

Posted 12/27/2016 3:41pm by Josie Hart Genter.

Dear Friends,

A most Happy New Year to all!

We will start the shareholder renewal process January 9th for all current CSA shareholders. If you would like to renew your CSA membership, you have the entire month of January to do so. Starting in February we will open up shares to our waitlisted members and the general public. We will send out an email notification before the final week of renewals. To renew, click here and enter our member portal.

If you need to add a friend or family member to our waitlist, please enter their name and email on our homepage at www.chatfieldcsa.org 

Thanks everyone!
As always if you have questions please email josie.hart@botanicgardens.org 

Posted 11/10/2016 5:40pm by Josie Hart.


Dear Supporting Shareholders,

In gratitude for your support of our expanding and exciting outreach programs we'll be putting together a box for you. The box will include, but is not limited to:

garlic
onions
sage
rosemary
hakurei turnips
kubocha squash
dried hot peppers
coriander
head lettuce

Tuesday shareholders: since the gardens close early now there isn't a great spot to pick up at York St. so we'll be DELIVERING yours. Please send me an email confirming your correct address, and on Tuesday, Nov. 15 you'll be getting a box delivered right to your door (or side porch, or whatever your preference is, just do note if you do have a preference!)

Thursday shareholders: we'll have you pick up here at the normal location on Thursday November 17 BUT we'll have expanded hours, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You won't be picking up your turkey on this day - you will pick up your turkey Sunday, November 20th. More information will be out soon about that.