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Important CSA Info

Posted 5/3/2016 4:09pm by Josie Hart.

Dear Shareholders,

Happy Spring! I can finally say that because today we have sunshine, at last! Thank you all for purchasing a 2016 CSA share and supporting local food and farmers in your area. We wanted to share with you some updates on the farm, your distribution days, and events happening at Chatfield. Please plan on picking up your first share on either Tuesday, May 31st or Thursday, June 2nd.

CROP UPDATE: All doing well! Cool season transplants planted including - broccoli, parsley, onions, lettuce, kale, collards, and chard. Crops that have been seeded: arugula, carrots, hakurei turnips, spinach, salad mix, radish, bok choi, broccoli raab, cilantro, scallions, and beets. 

SUPPORTING SHAREHOLDERS ONLY: 
If you purchased a share that will help support additional programming for the farm, you have an extra pick up! This is only for supporters, however. Your extra pick up is Tuesday 4p.m. to 7p.m. on May 24th and Tuesday, May 26th 3:30 - 7p.m Thursday.

FARM STAFF: 
Josie Hart manages the programs and Phil Cordelli manages the growing side here at Chatfield Farms. In addition to the Community Supported Agriculture, we have additional programs that are important to become aware of; The Veterans Farm Program and The Farm Stand in Food Desert program.

Jamie Wickler is the program coordinator and curriculum developer for the veterans program.
To read more visit: http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/the-veterans-farm-program  

Chris Krabbenhoeft is our Market Grower for our farm stand program.
To read more visit: http://www.chatfieldcsa.org/farm-stand-hours-locations-and-history  

In addition to our program coordinators we are happy to welcome four excellent new and returning farmers - Betzi Sherman (Thursday distribution - Denver native), Ben Goodrich (from Denver) and Chad and Jackie Dahne (world travelers).

DISTRIBUTION: Tuesday, May 31 and Thursday, June 2 first pick ups! 

Tuesday - Denver Botanic Gardens York St. 
If you are a Tuesday shareholder, then you will pick up your share in the parking lot outside our York St. location between York and Josephine street. Our distribution time is from 4 p.m. to
7 p.m. We are located on the south side, the top level of parking structure. Distribution is market-style so you will be picking out your own selection of produce. Look for our large vegetable truck! 

Thursday, June 2nd: Chatfield Farms 
If you pick up Thursday, then you will park in the upper dirt lot and walk straight down the hill to our CSA washstand building. The large front doors will be open and you will see our staff inside the building on your left. Follow the signs. Distribution is from 3:30 - 7p.m. every Thursday.

ADDITIONAL SHARES: Fruit, Eggs, Flowers, and Jam
The add-on shares start at different times so check with our distribution staff to see when your share starts or refer to this list:

  • Eggs - second week of June
  • Flowers - not till late June early July (depends on weather)
  • Fruit - early July with cherries, then we will have a pause until peaches start
  • Jam - a one-time share delivered in October with all of the season's fruit

Please remember to bring BAGS to each distribution. We always have a few on-hand but the earth would really appreciate less plastic!

Upcoming EVENTS: SUMMER FUN!
Ground Missions Film Showing - June 5th Fundraiser for Vets' Program at
Denver Botanic Gardens York St. - more info out soon
Meet your Farmer Potluck - Sunday, for all shareholders - June 19th at 12 p.m. 
Lavender Festival! - FREE EVENT! http://www.botanicgardens.org/lavender-festival 
Colorado Foodways - Local Food Celebration - August 13th at 4p.m.
Field to Fork Dinner - Supporting Shareholders only - September 10th at 5p.m. 

We will be adding more potlucks and small get-togethers as the season goes. Volunteer  and gleaning opportunities will be released soon. 

CLASSES: Chatfield FARMS Education Series 

 CHATFIELD FARMS CLASSES 

We will see you all soon! If you have questions, please contact Josie Hart at josie.hart@botanicgardens.org.