2016 CSA Share Options

2016 Chatfield CSA Shares

 

The 2016 Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) program provides a season of sustainably grown produce from late-May through mid-November. 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 Farms in Littleton (at the farm) on Thursdays from 3:30 -7 p.m.

Full Share: $500  SOLD OUT
The full-season vegetable share lasts approximately 22 weeks and the season has been extended by two weeks. There will be 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, this may vary per household based on how frequently you cook at home and the quantity of vegetables you eat.

Supporting Share: $825* 
The full-season vegetable share lasts approximately 23-24 weeks - with an additional pick-up that has been added for this share! Supporting Shares will enable the Chatfield CSA to expand The Veteran's Program offerings on the farm . The cost of this share is $525 which includes an extra pick-up, seasonal specialty produce and two tickets to the Farm to Fork dinner. $300 will go towards our outreach and veterans projects on the farm.    

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

Supporting Share Benefits:

  • Enjoy a Longer Season: The Supporting Share produce season will hopefully begin earlier in May with lettuces, greens, and items such as broccoli or bok choy.
  • Farm to Fork Dinner: Invitation to a complimentary special event with a cocktail hour, farm tour and gourmet 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 $180 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.

2016 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

$500

22

3-4

$22.72

$11.36

Supporting Share

$825

24

3-4

$34.38

$17.19

Volunteer share 

$320

22

3-4

 $14.55

$7.27

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

Fruit Share

 $220

11

one size

$20

n/a

Flower Share $60   12

   one bouquet  bi-weekly 

 $5  
           

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:  $220. The fruit share begins the second week of August and includes approximately 11 weeks of local organic fruit. Fruit includes pre-bagged cherries, organic peaches, plums, pears, apples and cider. Info on Fruit Varieties

  • 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 Farms 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 Farms.
  • Organic Mushrooms: from local growers

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 produce. For more information, visit the CSA website. In 2015, The Chatfield Farm expanded 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 Farm Program: Launched in 2013, the program provides an educational 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 The Veterans Program, visit our website.

CSA Benefits for All Shareholders

  • Local, seasonal artisan products occasionally for sale.
  • 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.
  • Shareholder gleaning days and work days - open invitation, no obligations