About DeLaney Community Farm
DeLaney is Denver Urban Garden’s educational community farm located in central Aurora. Our mission is to model best practices in the fields of food access, sustainable agriculture, and community development.
The goals of DeLaney are to:
- Provide access to healthy, locally produced food for people of all economic levels through community food security programs;
- Demonstrate small-scale, sustainable agricultural practices that protects our environment and reconnects people with the land;
- Foster community development through education, trainings, resource sharing opportunities, and relationship building.
DeLaney is a 158-acre historic property located at 170 S. Chambers Road (between 1st and Alameda), on Aurora Parks & Open Space land. The Farm is situated on one of metro-Denver’s most scenic and rare pastoral areas and is accessible by Highline and Tollgate Creek bicycle and pedestrian trails, car and bus. DUG cultivates approximately 3 acres of mixed vegetables, herbs, and flowers. If you are interested in the historic DeLaney Farm, please contact the Aurora History Museum.
About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture (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.
Who We Serve
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.
Sustainable Agriculture & Produce
DeLaney strives to grow a variety of vegetables. 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.
DeLaney integrates sustainable practices into its farm operations including integrated pest management, water conservation, experiments in soil conservation, cover crops, crop diversity, nutrient management, inter-cropping, etc.
The apiary at DeLaney Community Farm includes beehives in two areas of the farm, and serves to improve pollination and harvest yield from many of the flowering vegetables and fruits grown at the farm. The apiary also serves the educational mission of DeLaney. As part of your visit to DeLaney, you will be invited to peek into the observation windows of the hives closest to the barn, and see the bees hard at work. (Remember to not stand directly in front of the hive entrances, as this can disturb the bees!) Honey beekeeping workshops are offered at DeLaney a number of times each spring and summer on Saturday mornings. Click here to view the DeLaney workshops and events schedule!