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Community Supported Agriculture

  • Looking for fresh, local produce this summer?
  • Want to support Colorado farmers who grow nutritious food using sustainable methods?
  • Looking for an easy way to pick up produce at work?

We are once again a drop location for CSA (community supported agriculture) shares from Leffler Family Farms (Eaton, CO) and Ela Family Fruit Farms (Hotchkiss, CO). Sign up now for weekly shares of fresh produce from the farm. Not sure if you'll use a whole share? Share your share with a friend. This year student fruit shares are available, with delivery in the fall quarter.

Shares will be available for pickup at Johnson MacFarlane Hall room 142. When both farms are delivering, it will be on the same day of the week. 

CSAs provide the opportunity to understand where your food comes from, to build a relationship with the farmer. CSA participants pay a set fee up front, which provides farmers money for seeds and equipment. In return, participants receive a weekly allotment of fresh, seasonal, local produce. Participants are invested in the farmer's experience, as share size may vary with growing conditions. With a drop on campus, you will have the opportunity to pick up your share at DU at the end of the work day.

If you are interested in the opportunity to support a local farmer and receive fresh, seasonal, organic produce on campus, or would just like more information, please review the information on this site and return the contract(s) below with payment ASAP.  All interested community members are welcome to participate.

For more information on DU's CSA program please contact sustainability@du.edu.

Leffler Family Farm - Vegetable Share

Leffler Family Farms, Local Motion CSA, provides 18 weeks of assorted vegetables starting in early July. Cost is $550 per share, or about $30 per week. A great deal for local vegetables grown without petroleum based herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers. Picked within 24 hours of delivery, these vegetables are at the peak of their nutrients and flavor.  

For more informtion and/or to submit your contract visit Leffler Family Farms.  

*Note - the deadline to join this CSA has been extended past April 30th but will close shortly after so sign up soon!

Ela Family Farms - Fruit Share

Enjoy the best of Colorado fruit season with fourth generation fruit growers Ela Family Farms! Experience juicy tree-ripened peaches, crispy apples, succulent pears and fresh apple cider in the fall. We grow over 20 varieties of apples, so each apple week is unique.

Please keep in mind that CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, is a direct relationship with your grower where members share in the risks and realities of farming. Our mantra is that we only share what we grow. If we have a shortage of fruit due to light crops, we will substitute the promised amount, dollar for dollar, with our processed goods or another fruit. You will not be disappointed if we have to supplement an applesauce, jam, fruit butter or apple cider. We guarantee our fruit and that members receive the full value of their share. For more information about the fruit we grow and our artisan fruit products, visit www.elafamilyfarms.com.

Employee share information

Student share information


Share will provide approximately 50 pounds of fruit over 11 weeks, from Aug 19- Oct 28 | Cost is $135

To sign up, e-mail jeni@elafamilyfarms.com expressing interest in the DU CSA fruit share.

Please make a $135 check to Ela Family Farms and mail it to:
Ela Family Farms c/o Jeni Nagle
2811 Fillmore St.
Denver, CO 80205

Jeni will send you an e-mail confirmation when your $135 CSA payment is received.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect each week in a vegetable share?

Produce varies by the growing seasons and conditions. Leffler Family Farms grows over 35 different vegetables, a dozen different types of herbs and an assortment of flowers. They harvest from April through November. Each week you'll receive a diverse mix of those crops that are in season.

Here are some typical highlights:

April - June: Lettuce, spinach, baby greens, peas, ruby red radishes.

July: Beets, baby carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, herbs, garlic.

August: Peppers, eggplant, onions, sweet corn, edamame, in addition to aforementioned produce.

September: Lettuce and greens are back, sweet corn, root crops.

October: Kale, rainbow chard, lettuces, dry beans, pumpkins, gourads, winter squash.

What can I expect each week in a fruit share?

Ela Family Farm CSA members receive approximately 50 pounds of fruit over 11 weeks with one to two 3lb bags of fruit. The last week is a ten pound bag of apples to extend local fruit season. Large families and/or ravenous fruit eaters may want to order two shares. Sorry, we do not hold shares for weeks you go out of town, but you may send a co-worker or family member to pick-up your share.

Predicted Fruit Schedule:

Aug. 19- Peaches
Aug. 26- Peaches
Sept. 2- Peaches
Sept. 9- Two fruits: Peaches and apples
Sept. 16- Two fruits: Peaches and apples or pears
Sept. 23- Two fruits: Apples and pears
Sept. 30- Apples or pears
Oct. 7- Apples
Oct. 14- Apples and apple cider
Oct. 21- Apples and apple cider
Oct. 28- Apples. A ten pound bag of storage apples. When kept cold, these apples will stay crisp and delicious for 4-6 weeks. Aug. 20- Peaches 3 pounds 

Ela Family Farm's mantra is that they only sell what they grow. If they have a shortage of fruit due to light crops, they will substitute the promised amount, dollar for dollar, with their processed goods or another fruit. You will not be disappointed if they have to supplement an applesauce, jam, fruit butter or apple cider. They guarantee their fruit and that CSA members receive the full retail value of their share.

Are there half shares available?

Only full shares will be offered this year. If you feel a full share is too much, you are encouraged to split the cost and the produce with a friend or colleague (you will need to sign up for one share, then figure out the splitting details). This is a great way to ensure that someone will always be available for picking up the produce, it makes the amount of food more manageable for singles and couples, and it allows you to give the vegetables you don't like to someone else.

How does a CSA work exactly?

1. You pay the farm directly, up front. See forms/links above for the farm you are interested in.  

2. Boxes of fresh produce will be delivered weekly to campus for pickup, in JMAC Hall Room 142.

3. The fruit share will provide about 50 pounds of organic fruit (peaches, apples, pears, and cider) over the course of 11 weeks (about 3-6 pounds per week). This will feed a family of 2-4.

4. The vegetable share provides weekly organically grown produce for 10-28 weeks (April to November for the 28 week option, middle of the summer only for the peak share). Vegetables provided will be whatever is in season at the time, typically a wide variety of options, and volume is typically enough to feed 3-4 people vegetables for a week.

What's the value of a CSA program?

In terms of value, when you compare the quantity, quality, nutritional value, and flavor of sustainably, locally grown food that is typically picked within 24 hours of you receiving it, there is a tremendous value. Produce provides peak nutritional value at the time of harvest - each day thereafter, it will lose important nutrients (and often taste). Analysis of CSA costs typically show that this food is being provided below the cost of equivalent food purchased at a supermarket. Additionally, these agricultural dollars go directly to the farmer, ensuring a better quality of life, and dollars spent in the state typically stay in the state, which is a value to our local Colorado economy. As a bonus, you'll get the opportunity to meet your farmer and figure out how your food is grown, while experiencing the benefits of understanding and eating food that is seasonally available.

Why were these farms chosen?

Leffler and Ela Family Farms were chosen for several reasons. Both are established farms using organic practices that had the capacity to meet the needs of the University. Both has the necessary insurance coverage and could arrange for weekly deliveries to campus. Both farms also demonstrated a clear commitment to sustainable growing practices. Finally, these farms offer a variety of produce choices and the offerings simply sound and look downright delicious!

Where (& when) will the pick-up be on campus?

Leffler produce will be delivered on Tuesdays or Wednesdays until the Fruit shares begin in August. At that time all produce will be delivered on Tuesdays. You'll need to pick-up your share(s) on the delivery day in the afternoon between 3-5pm. The delivery and pick-up site will be the Center for Sustainability, Room 142 located in Johnson-McFarlane Hall (JMAC). ANY PRODUCE LEFT AT THE END OF THE PICKUP WINDOW WILL BE DISCARDED. Please be sure you can pick-up or arrange for a friend to pick-up on your behalf.

How will pick-up work?

The week of your share(s) delivery, you'll stop by the Northside of JMAC on Wednesday (or Tuesdays beginning in late August) between 3-5pm. The fruit and vegetables will arrive pre-boxed or bagged. If you participate, you'll need to bring reusable bags to pick-up your share for the week so the boxes can be reused.

ANY PRODUCE LEFT AT THE PICKUP WINDOW WILL BE DISCARDED. Please be sure you can pick-up or arrange for a friend to pick-up on your behalf.

What if I can't pay upfront or plan to be gone several weeks?

CSAs require upfront payment. This allows the farms to purchase necessary seeds and supplies and determines what crops and how many they will plant. Upfront payment also secures a drop site at DU. If the cost is prohibitive, we suggest finding a co-worker or friend to split a share or skipping the CSA commitment and look to local farmer's markets to purchase local, in season produce throughout the growing season.

Planning to miss part of the season? You'll probably want to pass on the CSA commitment and also look to local farmer's markets to source your produce.

There are a variety of CSA programs available. Check out other options that might work for you.