The CSA model directly links the consumer to the farmer. Most CSA farms are closed to the public or far from public access, but the Chatfield CSA welcomes subscribers to visit the farm. Denver Botanic Gardens and Kaiser Permanente created this new interactive model community in 2010. The community farm provides fresh local produce to Colorado families while operating inside a public garden.
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 in Littleton. The Gardens is the first U.S. botanic garden to operate a CSA program of this scale. This partnership is also believed to be the nation’s first CSA collaboration with a healthcare provider.
The public may purchase food shares to receive portions of the garden’s fresh produce during the harvest season, from June through October. Some of the harvest is also donated to nonprofit organizations that serve populations in need. The first three years of the Chatfield CSA provided just under four tons of donated produce to local homeless shelters.
Every year we the CSA grows around 122 varieties and 45 different crops. 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 crop variety for our shareholders to enjoy.