Denver Botanic Gardens and Kaiser Permanente created a first-of-its-kind community supporting agriculture (CSA) program in 2010. The community farm provides fresh local produce to Colorado families.
Made possible through a three-year, $500,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente, the CSA operates as a community farm at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, located at
C-470 and Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton. Shares of the CSA are sold to members of the public who then receive portions of the garden’s fresh produce during the harvest season, from June through October. Portions of the harvest are also donated to local nonprofit organizations. In the Chatfield CSA’s first three years, just under 4 tons of produce were donated to local homeless shelters in the Littleton and Denver Metro areas.
This new venture marks an important milestone: The Gardens is the first botanic garden in the country to operate a CSA program of this scale. This partnership is also believed to be the nation’s first CSA collaboration between a botanic garden and a healthcare provider.
The CSA grew 122 varieties of 46 different crops on four and a half acres of land in 2012. Our CSA model is committed to creating a diverse ecosystem within the farm's fields to ensure a natural environment and a healthy amount of diversity in crops for our shareholders to enjoy.
The 2013 season is already underway! The size of the farm will remain at 4.5 acres and will serve between 250 and 300 families. We will again offer two share sizes: a "bushel" share for 3-4 people ($675) and a "peck" share for 2-3 people ($365). Additional shares for sale this year include: fruit, mushrooms, coffee, bread, and eggs. Each item is produced locally and will be available for pick up at both of our CSA distribution sites throughout the season. All of the "add on shares" are offered at an additional cost. It is our goal to offer our shareholders as many options as possible to source their food locally. It is a great way to support local businesses and encourages a healthy lifestyle!