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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for people to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farm. Typically, a farmer offers a certain number of food "shares" which are purchased through a membership. In exchange for the subscription, people receive seasonal, local produce from the growers throughout the farming season. Demand for CSAs is growing around the country. CSAs give people an opportunity to buy local, try new foods, and develop a relationship with a local farm while encouraging local food production.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County, CO. Chatfield is a beautiful and expansive property that includes the historic Hildebrand Ranch, a restored 1918 dairy barn and silo, an 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse, miles of nature trails, and the Deer Creek Discovery where children can play and discover nature in the wildflower gardens, for example. Five acres of the land is dedicated to a CSA program that provides fresh local produce to Colorado families and organizations that serve communities in need from the Rocky Mountain region. The demand at Chatfield is enormous and the staff makes an extraordinary effort to meet the needs of the community. Just this past year, Chatfield's CSA grew more than 97,000 pounds of vegetable produce. About 4 tons of the farm's yields are donated to local homeless shelters in Littleton, CO. The Denver Botanic Gardens is the first botanic garden in the country to operate a CSA program of this scale.
Summer is an especially busy time for Chatfield Farm and volunteers are an essential part of the farm's mission to connect people with natural, organic food. As part of SVB's 30 Years | 30 Causes campaign, fifty SVB volunteers (including some of our family members) gathered at Chatfield eager to take on the daily farm tasks. Needless to say there were many. We split up the work to tackle weeding and harvesting. The physical labor gave us a new appreciation for what local farms are doing to contribute to the local economy as well as the health of our communities. Many of us walked away with new knowledge about seasonal produce, not to mention inspiration for foods to prepare and serve at our own tables.
Support a local farm. Find a CSA program near you, or if you live in Denver, visit Chatfield's Facebook to learn how to sign up in time for next year's harvest.
About 30 Years | 30 Causes
The "30 Years | 30 Causes" campaign was developed after Silicon Valley Bank crowd sourced ideas from its employees to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company will host 30 community service events around the world near each of its offices in 2013. A listing of SVB’s 30 Years | 30 Causes events, as well as photos, will be updated at www.svb.com/svb-30-years/ and www.facebook.com/SVBFinancialGroup. Follow @SVB_Financial’s community service initiatives on Twitter with #SVB30. Points of Light is assisting SVB with the development and execution of these events worldwide.