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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?

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.

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

Local Motion - Leffler Family Farm - Vegetable Share

1. Sign up for order using this link
2) Pick up at Pearl Street Farmer's Market, Saturdays May 21st-November 16th, 9am-1pm
Details:
We grow over 100 different varieties of vegetables and your weekly box includes some of the following: sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, edamame, kale, green beans, heirloom dry beans, rainbow beets, rainbow carrots and much more!
**Returning CSA Members receive farm credit discount!
Year Round or Seasonal
Large Share - $1000, Medium - $550, Small - $300, Mini - $100

Ela Family Farms - Fruit Share

Ela Family Farms Web Site
1. Reach out to Jeni Nagle jeni@elafamilyfarms.com to secure fruit share for 2017 season!
2. Pick up at DU Center for Sustainability, Tuesdays 3-5pm
Details:
Mid-August - October: CSA DU Faculty/ Staff & Full Fruit share cost- $162
September - October: CSA DU Student & Medium Fruit share cost- $105
Fruit Share members receive approximately 63 pounds of fruit over 11 weeks (8 weeks for
student share) including apple cider in the fall. The last week is a ten-pound bag of apples to
extend local fruit season. The share suits a family of 2-4 people.

Food BOX - Growhause

1. Click through links and indicate University of Denver pick up!
2. Pick up at DU Driscoll Bridge, Fridays 2-5pm
Details:
Year Round- weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly delivery
FAMILY BOX: A variety of fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread or tortillas every other week.
Intended for 3-4 people $37 *Double Bucks Discount Available if qualify
BASIC BOX: A variety of fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread or tortillas every other week.
Intended for 1-2 people $20 *Double Bucks Discount Available if qualify
BOX DONATION: $20 directly funds a food box for residents of Elyria-Swansea and Globeville

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, gourds, winter squash.

 
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 at DU Center for Sustainability

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.

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!

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.