Joining the Farm
DeLaney Community Farm evolved from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. CSA is known as 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 Community Farm differs from the traditional CSA model in several meaningful ways. One unique difference is our public members.
Community Farm Members
Community Farm Members purchase an annual membership. This membership supports the training and development of the refugee participants, (please see About DeLaney Community Farm and The Yu Meh Community Farmer Training Program). As part of their membership, Community Farm Members receive a weekly share of the harvest from June to October.
Who Makes an Excellent Community Farm Member?
We expect our Community Farm Members first and foremost to care deeply about and support the development of our refugee participants, as well as care about local food access, community development, and sustainable agriculture. Our members create a healthy and resilient community by investing in and actively supporting DeLaney’s mission, goals, and programs.
Our Community Farm Members are committed to food equity. At DeLaney, this means becoming educated on the issues of food insecurity that our refugee farmers and neighbors face. More importantly, this means supporting refugees and one another to create a fair and equitable food system within our community, where all people have access to highly nutritious, local vegetables.
Community Farm Members also have an interest in actively building and engaging in a place that provides a safe and supportive community, and are committed to connecting to and developing relationships with our refugee farmers and members.
This membership model allows our members from the general public to support refugee development, receive a weekly share of organically produced local food, and be part of a dynamic community.
$650 Membership: Community Farm Members support the training and development of refugees; Members also receive a weekly share of produce during the growing season for approximately 18 weeks. The produce share supports an average of 2-4 individual’s weekly vegetable intake, depending on personal cooking and eating habits.
Tuesdays, 3-7pm, at DeLaney Community Farm; early June through early October.
Community Farm Members understand that vegetables are available seasonally and factors related to the training program, drought, flooding, hail, and freezes affect the length of the season as well as quality, variety, and volume of produce available.
Members sign up to supervise 2 Produce Pick-Ups per season (for a total of 8 hours per season). During Pick-Up, Community Farm Members are expected to regularly engage with and develop relationships with the Community Farmer Trainees.
Members are encouraged to attend farm events, and become knowledgeable about the work of Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) and Project Worthmore (PWM) in order to deepen community relations.
Our members are asked to always remember that DeLaney is a refugee-training farm; therefore, we hope to have members who are fully understanding, flexible, supportive, and compassionate of the refugee’s learning process, language barriers, and cultural differences.
$100 non-refundable deposit and signed contract is due upon sign-up. Full payment is due by April 15th.
Space is limited! Only 30 Community Farm Member shares are available each season!
Members from the prior season are given priority to return the following year. Please contact Heather DeLong at [email protected] if you are interested in joining.
Please consider sponsoring a PWM Farm Member (coming soon!).