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, Community Partners Shares (CPS), and local restaurants and markets. DeLaney supports the equivalent of 70 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 challenged populations. 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 shareholders buy into the fate of the farm each season. Shareholder's support of DeLaney's misson-based work is vital to our success. Shareholders are asked to provide giveback volunteer hours, in order to connect with the community and contribute to our 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, providing DeLaney outreach at events, or using a personal skill. Shareholders are encouraged to attend and contribute to potlucks and other events, in order to deepen community relationships.
Individuals or groups may purchase the following:
- Standard Share
$450 + 5 total annual GiveBack hours required
Supports 2-3 people
- Large Share
$650 + 10 total annual GiveBack hours required
Supports 4-5 people
- Family to Family Shares
$800: One standard share provided to purchaser and one standard share provided to an in-need family
Pick-ups are once a week, mid-June through mid-October.
- Standard and Large Share Members: Pick up shares at DeLaney Community Farm on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 7:00pm
- Family to Family Share Members: You may opt to pick up your share at the DUG office at 33rd and Arapahoe on Wednesdays or at DeLaney Community Farm on Tuesdays
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 7th, from 9:00am - 12:00pm, with breakfast at 9:00am and a program at 10:00am.
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: Located on the Western Slope outside of Hotchkiss, Colorado, Ela is a 99-acre organic fruit farm, family owned and operated for four generations. Prices will remain the same in 2012, however, fruit quantity will increase for a total of 78 pounds over the growing season! All fruit is certified organic. This partner farmer share is $180 for DeLaney Shareholders ($211 retail value).
- Eggs from 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. This partner farmer share is $90.
- Chicken eggs only
- One share per family per week (about 18 dozen eggs over approximately 18 weeks )
- Eggs are delivered in 30 egg flats, and shareholders bring their own egg cartons, pick their own eggs to fill their cartons
- Only 20 shares available!
- Unclaimed eggs (after shareholder pick-up) will go to community programs on Wednesday mornings
- Western Colorado Honey: Owned and operated by Paul Limbach, in Silt, Colorado, honey is available in gallon containers and delivered to DeLaney one time at the beginning of the season.
- 1 Gallon of Alfalfa Honey, $40
- 1 Gallon of Wildflower Honey, $45
- Dougan Farm Goat Milk: Goats are free of antibiotics, hormones, and steroids, and are tested monthly for safety. Goats are fed grass, hay, alfalfa (pasture when available), natural grain (when milking), sunflower seeds, and organic oats. Dougan Farm is located in Strausburg, Colorado and is state registered and a member of RMAC (Raw Milk Association of Colorado).
The cost is $40 (one time fee for an undivided share) and a $50 monthly boarding contract. Half shares are also available. Share purchases, delivery and payments must be arranged with Dougan Farm, as goat milk shares cannot be stored at DeLaney!
Shares are sold out for the 2014 season, click here to sign up to be notified about future CSA availability. For questions about shares from DeLaney Community Farm, contact Erika Church here, or at 303.292.9900.