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 Community Farm Public Members, families from Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and families from the Burmese refugee community from Project Worthmore (PWM), and interns, apprentices, and farmers in the Yu Meh Community Farmer Training Program.

How DeLaney Is Different
DeLaney’s programs evolved from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between a local farmer and community members who invest in an annual membership, which covers a portion of 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 is similar to a CSA in that our members invest in an annual membership, and receive a weekly share of the harvest. However, DeLaney differs from the traditional CSA model in many ways.

Our members create a healthy and resilient community by investing in and actively supporting DeLaney’s mission, goals, and community programs. Our members agree to provide volunteer GiveBack hours and attend Saturday workshops. They are encouraged to contribute to potlucks and other events, as well as become knowledgeable about DUG’s work, in order to deepen community relationships. Some members participate in intensive training programs.

Becoming a Farm Shareholder
Public Members purchase an annual membership, and receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. In order to connect with the community and contribute to the overall success, they take their support and involvement a step further.

Public Members can choose from a number of activities for GiveBack hours, including helping with daily farm tasks, supervising a shareholder pick-up, teaching a class, fundraising, provide outreach at events, working alongside/building relationships with Burmese or WIC participants on the farm, or other tasks as needed. Member’s involvement in DeLaney’s mission-based work is vital to success.

Members receive a weekly share of produce during the growing season for approximately 18 weeks. The produce shares support an average of 2-4 individual’s weekly vegetable intake, depending on personal cooking and eating habits. Public Members understand that vegetables are available seasonally and natural factors such as drought, flooding, hail, and freezes affect the length of the season as well as quality, variety, and volume of produce available.

For questions about shares from DeLaney Community Farm, contact Erika Church here, or at 720.503.6779.

Pick-Ups
Pick-ups are once a week, starting in early June and ending in early October. Shares can be picked at DeLaney Community Farm on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 7:00pm.

Who makes for an excellent Community Farm Public Member?
Public Members are individuals who have an interest in actively building and engaging in a place that provides a safe and supportive community, as well as highly nutritious vegetables, for all people. Our members are committed to connecting to and developing relationships within the DeLaney community.

Our members are committed to food equity. At DeLaney, this means becoming educated on the issues of food insecurity that our Burmese and WIC members face. More importantly, this means working alongside one another to create a fair and equitable food system, within our community. Our members also have a deep commitment to a healthy food system that ultimately cares for the land, food, and one another.

Our desire is to create a community of committed Public Members who become valued members, and integral components to helping us reach our goals, together.

Membership is for one farming season. Members are expected to complete GiveBack hours within the farm season. Invitations will be extended to those who have displayed a full understanding of the commitment. Invitations will be extended, following the first year, to members who complete GiveBack hours. Invitations to re-subscribe will also be based on a commitment to the mission, enthusiasm, cooperativeness, as well as an understanding and support of DUG’s mission.

Interest List
To be placed on the interest list, a conversation is required to determine if it is the best mutual fit. Those on the interest list will be notified when shares are available. To begin the process, please contact Erika Church at 720.503.6779.

Partner Farmer & Producer Shares – Now open to the public!
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. Now open to the public! Delivered weekly to DeLaney during the farm season.

Partner Farmer & Producer Shares can be picked up Tuesdays, 3:00 – 7:00pm, at DeLaney Community Farm from early June to early October, depending on the share.

Commitment: In order to connect with the DeLaney community and contribute to the overall success, anyone who purchases a share from one of our partner farmers agrees to attend the Annual Kick-Off Potluck, provide 5 seasonal GiveBack Hours, and attend at least 1 Saturday “Community Education” Days.

  • Fruit from Ela Family FarmsLocated on the Western Slope outside of Hotchkiss, Colorado, Ela is a 99-acre organic fruit farm, family owned and operated for four generations. Weekly fruit shares are delivered from August-October for a total of 11 weeks. Enjoy juicy peaches, succulent pears, crispy apples and fresh cider for $180/78lbs a share. The fruit share suits a family of 2-4 people and features a final 20lb. box of organic apples to enjoy into the holidays. Fruit Share (11 weeks): $180 total 
  • Eastern Plains Natural Food Cooperative: A small, family operated enterprise that raises livestock under simple, prairie grown conditions without the use of medications, stimulants or other growth modifying chemicals. Eastern Plains Share (1lb/week for 18 weeks): $180/each
    • Egg Share
    • Beef Share
    • Bison Share
    • Lamb Share
    • Yak Share
    • Chicken Share
  • Mile High Fungi: Grown locally in Conifer, CO., the share includes an assortment of mushrooms at 5 oz. a week for 18 weeks (The only exception would be the weeks of August 30th and September 6th where they would substitute dried mushrooms instead of fresh because of obligations they have already committed to). Also included: 1 Tri-Blend American Apparel Mile High Fungi T-shirt and stickers, 1 Fruit-Your-Own Blue Oyster Mushroom Block with instructions for care, and 1 Collection of recipes and preservation techniques to get you familiar with their favorite ways of preparing/storing the mushrooms we provide. Mushroom Share (5 oz/week for 18 weeks): $120.
  • Native Soap Company: Made locally in Aurora, CO., NSC makes small batch soap and skin care products from simple pure ingredients that are good for you and the environment.  They make soaps, lotions, creams, lip balms, bath salts, and sugar scrubs using only sustainably produced ingredients including organic oils, butters, essential oils, and locally sourced raw botanicals. Each delivery will include a minimum of 1 bar of soap and 1 other product. Native Soap Company farm shares are $100 and will include 9 deliveries (Retail value of $175).
  • Western Colorado Honey is made locally in Silt, CO. Honey is available in one gallon containers and delivered to DeLaney one time at the beginning of the season. $50-$55.

For questions about shares from DeLaney Community Farm, contact Erika Church here, or at 720.503.6779.