Farm Stand - Hours, Locations and History
Farm Stands in Food Deserts - An Urban Food Initiative
In partnership with Denver Human Services (DHS), the Gardens piloted a program to provide easy access to healthy, fresh vegetables for some of Denver's most vulnerable populations.
Many live in areas -- such as the Sun Valley neighborhood -- deemed food deserts without access to fresh produce. As a response, Denver Botanic Gardens introduced a farm stand at the DHS Castro Building that offers pay-as-you-can or EBT (Electronic Benefit Payments) redeemed produce. The community response has been very positive. With this momentum, the Gardens applied for and received a supporting grant from Kaiser Permanente. These neighborhoods will continue to have access to fresh produce and other fresh products straight from Chatfield Farms!
Farm Stand Locations and Schedule:
Mondays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Castro Building at 1200 Federal Boulevard 80204
Wednesdays: AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Webb Building at 201 West Colfax Avenue 80202
Fridays 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Montbello Office 4685 Peoria , Montbello,80238
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. UNION STATION STANDARD PRICES - EBT and Double Bucks 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
While bringing fresh food to various Denver neighborhoods in the summer, we also want to encourage the residents to make the farm stand something that belongs to the community. We have partnered with organizations to connect the farm stand and community: E.L.K, City of Denver, Kaiser Permanente, United Health Care and Veterans to Farmers and Mo' Betta Greens.
The CSA had been producing fresh produce for families since 2011. The Gardens has also been providing space for a community garden in downtown Denver for several decades. The Chatfield CSA and the community garden began donating much of its produce to local organizations such as The Gathering Place, Cooking Matters and Meals on Wheels. Though we will continue to donate unused produce to our community, attaching some value to the food we distribute enhances the connection we have to our food.
In addition to supplying CSA members with locally produced food, this project is helping underserved communities access fresh, healthy produce. Beginning in 2014, CSA outreach programs partnered with Denver Human Services (DHS) to service Sun Valley. The initiative was enhanced thanks to funding from the Colorado Fresh Food Fund for a colorful, refrigerated box truck.
Chatfield Farms and UFI programs grew 50 tons of produce the first year and fed 270 families while donating several hundred pounds of produce to local organizations that address hunger and fresh food access. In 2014, the Gardens’ farm stands served over 3,000 people.
We hope to broaden our reach each year, to engage the surrounding community so teens and and neighbors are able to work at the farm stands and increase our offerings.