Joining the CSA at DeLaney Community Farm
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between a local farmer and community members who invest in an annual membership, which covers the farm’s production cost of growing vegetables. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. This arrangement helps to guarantee the farm a tangible source of support.
DeLaney’s members consist of shareholders, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants and Community Partners Shares (CPS). DeLaney supports the equivalent of 60 large vegetable shares each season.
How DeLaney Is Different
DeLaney differs from typical CSAs in that we are a nonprofit, mission-based CSA. Our mission includes providing education about urban agriculture and sustainable farming practices to our community, and increasing access to fresh, organic food for people of all income levels. All farm shareholders pick up their share at the farm on a weekly basis over the growing season (shares not picked up are donated), and volunteer their time for a set number of hours over the growing season.
Becoming a Farm Shareholder
Once a week over our 18-week growing season, shareholders receive a bounty of seasonal, sustainably grown produce picked fresh. DeLaney CSA Members take their support and involvement a step further. They create a healthy and resilient community by providing GiveBack Hours and participating in the educational programs at the farm. CSA membership means buying into and actively supporting DeLaneyʼs mission and programs, as well as buying into the fate of the farm each season.
Member’s support of DeLaney’s mission-based work is vital to its success. Members are asked to provide GiveBack volunteer hours, in order to connect with the community and contribute to overall success. GiveBack hours may include a number of activities, such as helping with daily farm tasks, supervising a shareholder pick-up or Saturday workday, teaching a class, fundraising, helping at the Farm Stand, provide DeLaney outreach at events, or use a personal skill.
Members receive a weekly share of produce during the growing season, which supports an average of four individual’s weekly vegetable intake for approximately 18 weeks. The cost of a share for the 2015 season is $650.
Pick-ups are once a week, starting June 9th and ending October 6th. Choose from one of the following pick-up locations:
- Tuesdays: DeLaney Community Farm, 3:00 – 7:00pm
- Wednesdays: DUG Headquarters at 1031 33rd Street, 3:00 – 7:00pm (Please note that this pick-up option requires an additional $50 fee in addition to the cost of the share.)
Members are required to provide a total of 12 GiveBack Hours each season, as well as attend a minimum of three (out of seven) Educational Workshops, as part of their GiveBack hours. Staff will communicate how to obtain the remaining GiveBack hours, based on the needs of the farm.
Shareholders are encouraged to attend the Shareholder Kick-Off Breakfast Potluck, an orientation to learn about the season ahead, understand Community Partner Shares, the WIC Program, meet community and partner farmers, ask questions and meet and greet your DeLaney community. This will take place on Saturday, June 6th, from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
Participation is for one year. Shareholders are expected to complete GiveBack hours within the calendar year. Invitations will be extended in the following year to shareholders who complete GiveBack hours. Invitations to re-subscribe will also be based on cooperativeness, as well as an understanding and support of Denver Urban Gardens’ mission.
Add-Ons: Fruit, Egg, Honey, and Milk Shares from our Partner Farmers
DeLaney seeks to support local farmers, while making various foods available to shareholders. DeLaney shareholders have the option to purchase these partner farmer shares, which are delivered to DeLaney.
- Fruit from Ela Family Farms: Weekly fruit shares are delivered from August 18-October 27 for a total of 11 weeks. Enjoy juicy peaches, succulent pears, crisp apples and fresh cider for $180/78lbs a share (retail price is $200). The fruit share suits a family of 2-4 people and features a final 20lb. box of organic apples to enjoy into the holidays.
- Eastern Plains Natural Food Cooperative: Provided by Dallas Gilbert at Eastern Plains Natural Food Cooperative, membership comes with humanely raised poultry products. The co-op is a small, family operated enterprise that raises livestock under simple, prairie grown conditions without the use of medications, stimulants or other growth modifying chemicals.
- Egg Share (30 shares available), 18 weeks: $100
- Beef Share (10 shares available), 18 weeks: $150
- Lamb Share (4 shares available), 18 weeks: $150
- Yak Share (10 shares available), 18 weeks: $130
- Chicken Share (10 shares available), 18 weeks: $150
- Hive to Home- Local, Raw Honey: Shares are $100 each. They will provide six total honey shares that will each be approximately 1 gallon (12 pounds) total. The honey will be available every other week throughout the season, for a total of eight pick ups. Every pick up will include recipes and/or gift ideas, and we will vary the types and sizes of containers.
- Native Soap Company: Native Soap Company farm shares are $100 (Retail value of $175) and will include nine deliveries. Each delivery will include a minimum of one bar of soap and one other product.
- Caramel Apple Farm: Caramel Apple Farm offers raw goat’s milk/herd shares to the families at Delaney Community Farm. Prices: $30 Start-Up Fee, $56 month = 1 gallon of milk per week. For more information and to sign up, please visit their website here or call at 303.644.5677.
For questions about shares from DeLaney Community Farm, contact Erika Church here, or at 303.292.9900.