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Update From Chatfield CSA

Posted 3/28/2020 11:32am by Josie Hart.

Dear new and returning CSA members,

First off, we hope you and your families are safe and healthy throughout this difficult and scary time. We are certain that freshly picked, nutrient-dense food is exactly what will help us all - and we can't wait for the season to begin.

Food IS medicine - and we are happy to be growing it for our community!

Normally, our CSA distributions are a social, community-driven activity. We hope that by the end of May, we will be able to offer a market-style experience where you can pick out your vegetables, talk with your farmer and exchange recipes with other members. However, we are also planning for a different model in which we limit social interaction and use a grab and go model, where you still pick up at either location but you do not handle the produce or interact with more than a small group of people for your safety. 

In addition to safer regulations at our distributions, we will follow all CDC and CDH/Jeffco Health recommendations on the farm for safe produce handling during the time of COVID-19. This means we will increase our hand-washing stations, limit visitor interactions at our produce-washing house and make sure each staff person goes through rigorous safe handling training. We have always followed a food safety plan for our farm, so most of this is nothing new, however, we want you all to feel reassured we are aware of how important this issue is - we are feeding our families, too!

We still plan to start our distributions for Supporting Shareholders on Tuesday, May 12 and Thursday May 14. Supporting Shares will be delivered to your home, so if you signed up for this type of share, please email me the address that you would like us to deliver to at josie.hart@botanicgardens.org 

**Distribution for ALL other shares (full and small) should begin the last week of May: Tuesday, May 26 at our York Street location and Thursday, May 28 at Chatfield Farms.** 

If things change, as we all know they might, we will be in touch. Right now, Governor Polis has expressed strong support for farm operations ranging from farm stands, markets and CSA distributions. Hopefully we can come together again this summer to celebrate local food and a stronger community.  

Our regular weekly newsletters will pick up in May, where we will introduce our staff, go over season logistics and share "Notes from the Field," so you can hear stories about how your food is being grown! 

We give you all our best. We are considered essential workers by the local government which means our farmers are working, seeds are still going in the ground and the soil is alive and well! 

 - The Chatfield CSA Team