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Chatfield CSA e-news for May 28-30

Posted 5/26/2019 10:56am by Josie Hart.

Dear shareholders,

At long last and since we are planting our summer crops over the next few days we hope the wintry weather is now behind us! Here's what Tuesday's harvest looked like:

Those of you who were able to make it to the first distributions already met this season's  new and returning farmers but here they are introduced in their own words!

In addition to being the Assistant Farm Manager here at Chatfield Farms, Maddy runs Veg Yard, an urban farm network located across Denver's Athmar Park neighborhood that transforms lawns into veggie producing operations, boasts its own CSA, and sells at Pearl Street Farmers Market. Have any friends who missed out on DBG's CSA this year? Veg Yard still has shares available this season! Like her spirit vegetable, the carrot, she loves to spend the majority of her time in the dirt. 

My name is David, and I work for the DBG CSA program at Chatfield Farms. I am passionate about bringing nutritious and delicious food to the people! It is my dream to one day own my own farm.  Before moving to Colorado I’ve lived in Florida, New York City, and Madrid, Spain. I’ve been in Denver for the past two years and I love it! I like run, hike, camp, cook, read, ride my bike, and travel.  

Katie grew up in the rolling hills of the Idaho Panhandle and has lived in Denver for five years, having recently completed her studies in Geography and International Studies at the University of Denver. She has worked on organic farms, advocated for sustainable food through her university and local non-profits, and conducted research on food security in Uganda. This is her second season with the CSA team at Chatfield. She helps Maddy with marketing for Veg Yard, and writes food and environmental news articles. You can find her articles here. When she's not farming, Katie can be found skiing in the Rockies, playing Bananagrams, or enjoying a good cheese board.  

My name is Maya and I’m so excited to be at Chatfield Farms this season. I’m originally from Georgia and have farmed all over the state. I’ve worked on various scales from an eight-acre CSA farm to a one-acre operation growing specialty crops for restaurants. I moved to Denver this past August from Memphis, Tennessee where I was working for a non-profit food hub. My favorite crops to grow are tomatoes and potatoes. In my free time I like to read, cook with farm food, and hike. I’m looking forward to a great season!  

Shelby is an active forager and farmer with a preference for specialty mushroom cultivation. She began her farming career as farm manager for a non-profit permaculture farm in North Georgia, which gave her an eye for systems design and closed loop food production. These two aspects of farming continue to be major interests for her. As a CSA Grower for Chatfield this season, Shelby plans to continue helping increase access to locally produced food in the Denver metro area, as well as focusing on generating lasting bonds in the community that are based on food justice and cooperative economic strategies.

HARVEST LIST:

  • Baby bok choy
  • Arugula
  • Radishes or Red mustard greens
  • Green Garlic

*Please note the exact share may change due to weather or crop conditions.

FEATURED RECIPE: Spaghetti with Green Garlic and Olive Oil

This recipe was recommended by one of our shareholders, Melanie. There are so many uses for the green garlic, since the flavor is much lighter and more mild than a cured head of garlic. Farmer Katie recommended tossing udon noodles with sauteed red mustard greens and green garlic for a quick and hearty meal.