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Posted 5/15/2012 4:53pm by Josie Hart.

Greetings Shareholders,

We would like to take this opportunity to discuss two important reminders for the upcoming CSA season.


  •  Our first York Street distribution (downtown location) is on June 12. The times are 4:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Our first Chatfield distribution is on June 14. The times are from 4 – 7p.m.



Education Classes!

We have space available in almost all of our CSA education classes taking place at the Chatfield CSA Farm. These classes are offered to all CSA members at an extreme discount! All classes are only $7 to cover the instructor and an additional $5 for most take-home materials. Classes are designed to include your children, with a few classes specifically created for kids to learn about cooking and healthy eating. Our instructors are all experienced educators who have a passion for local food, healthy eating and artful cooking. We are highlighting our canning and preserving classes taught by our own Jenny Thomas, head CSA grower. Class topics range from tincture making, heirloom tomato dishes, herbs, cooking and local food.

Follow this link and sign up for the  CSA Class Series  today!


Posted 5/2/2012 11:46am by Josie Hart Genter.

Fruit Shares are Sold Out for 2012!

Thank you all for purchasing from our local partner, Ela Family Farms. We all look foward to tasting the first juicy Colorado peach!

 Fruit is delivered to both distribution sites and is pre-bagged. The fruit share lasts approximately 11 weeks (mid August through the end of October). Items included in the 2011 fruit share were: peaches, pears, plums, apples, cider, and fresh fruit jams.

Posted 4/18/2012 4:37pm by Josie Hart Genter.

Dear Chatfield CSA Shareholders,

Welcome to the Chatfield CSA from all of us at the farm. We welcome you not only as shareholders, but as members of our community. We have many exciting things to announce for 2012 as well as some important dates for your calendars.

CSA Open House
We are hosting our first community get-together on Sunday June 3 at Chatfield from 1-3 p.m. We strongly encourage you all to visit the farm – whether you were a shareholder last year or you have never been to the CSA, it is always changing and growing in beauty.  On June 3 you will have the opportunity to take a tour of the entire Chatfield CSA farm, meet the people growing your food (as well as other CSA shareholders), take a look at where your food is processed and learn how to best utilize your CSA share on a weekly basis. We will also offer two more community potlucks throughout the season where you can enjoy great local food with your CSA community at Green Farm Barn.

Distribution Locations and Times – Please bring your own bags!
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street Shareholders: If you signed up for Tuesday distribution, please head to the top (street level) of the south end of the parking structure. Because this location is outside, we will alert you via email if we have to move our pickup location underground or to another location. Directions to York Street Distribution Every Tuesday 4:40 -7 p.m.

Chatfield Shareholders: If you signed up for Thursday distribution you will pick up your produce at Chatfield, the main CSA location. When you enter through our main gate, please look for parking signs – parking locations will vary depending on events happening at Chatfield. After parking please head to our washstand in the Hildebrand Ranch area. Distribution times are from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday. Directions to the Chatfield CSA

Shareholder Benefits
We also offer other benefits to CSA shareholders: a weekly newsletter with recipes and information on your CSA produce; a recipe resource from various CSAs around the country; and our website with blogs, updated photos of the farm, an active calendar and many other useful items.

New this year: The CSA Education Series. CSA members will enjoy an extremely discounted registration fee to our new classes offered at Chatfield with the generous support from Kaiser Permanente. To register for a class or to view the entire schedule, please visit CSA Class Series

Classes are $7 to CSA shareholders only, with an additional materials fee to select classes of $5. This is a great opportunity to learn more about cooking, sustainable agriculture, canning and preserving, natural herbal remedies and the best way to use your produce. All classes are designed to accommodate children, with a few classes designed just for kids who want to cook!

Also New this Year: Canning and Preserving Share for $50. Please email us at if you interested in signing up. Participants will likely receive bulk amounts of crops such as cucumbers for pickles, tomatoes for sauces, and carrots or other root vegetables mainly in July, August and September. Canning shareholders are asked to come at the last half hour of distribution so we have the staff to assist with your additional produce.  Canning shares are limited!

Fruit Shares
Ela Family Farms will be adding an informational blog to their website this year for people who have purchased a fruit share. You still have until May 1 to purchase a fruit share for $210. If you have not already done so, please go to 

Things are going great at the farm. We have many crops already planted and we are growing many more in our greenhouses. We would like to thank you all for being a part of the CSA this year and we look forward to seeing you June 3 for our Open House.

We encourage everyone to visit regularly and learn how we grow your food. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the CSA, please visit our website at:   Volunteer with the CSA

-The CSA Team

Posted 2/2/2012 2:51pm by Josie Hart.

Dear 2011 Chatfield CSA Shareholders,

It has to come to our attention that many people are not clear on how to purchase shares for 2012. If you already have purchased your share or you have decided not to purchase a share for 2012, please disregard this message.

Our online payment system is accepting payments now! Please note that you have two payment options to renew your share: 

Payment Option A: Pay in FULL today
Pay for both your fruit and veggie shares in full right now! No need to worry about it later.

Payment Option B: Scheduled Payments
This option allows you to make a payment for half of your share price when you purchase, and the other half on or before March 15. That way the cost is split into two payments.

You can choose to pay with either credit or debit. At this time we do not have the capability to accept payments by check.

Click here to make your 2012 share payment: 

Thank you so much, and please feel free to email us through the website if you have any issues with the payment process.


Chatfield CSA Staff


Posted 1/30/2012 10:42am by Josie Hart.
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Posted 1/26/2012 12:39pm by Josie Hart.

Dear CSA Shareholders,

Each year, the Denver Botanic Gardens at York St. and Chatfield provide an opportunity for budding horticulturists to delve into a summer internship with our seasoned horticulture staff. Host families for the interns are also needed from May14 – Aug.14. In exchange for housing an intern, hosts will receive help with yard work, gardening assistance and advice from a promising new professional. If you are interested, please contact the Gardens’ human resources recruiter at 720-865-3531 or send an e-mail to

All information from Host families must be received by March 1st 2012.


Posted 1/16/2012 12:34pm by Josie Hart.

Dear 2012 CSA Members,

We are opening our shares to the general public today! That means anyone can go to our website and purchase a share! If you have friends or family that would like to become members, please send them to our homepage at to purchase a share.

If you need to add or change an item (such as a fruit share) to your membership, you can do so directly at 
   * Fruit shares can be purchased up until May 1 of this year.

We are currently taking volunteers for the 2012 growing season. If you or anyone you know would like to come out and work at the farm, please contact for more information. 

Our 2012 crop list has been chosen and we are very excited about our new selections!


Posted 12/12/2011 2:19pm by Josie Hart.
Dear 2011 Members,

As a reminder to our current members, Dec. 15 is the deadline for renewing your share. After that, shares will be open to the public. You have the chance to pay a $100 down payment if you would like to reserve your share and pay the rest later. After Dec.15 you can still purchase a share when it's more convenient, but we can't promise one will be available as they generally sell quickly.
Please use this link purchase your share:
Thanks everyone!
Posted 11/17/2011 12:41pm by Josie Hart.

Dear 2011 Members,

We appreciate your patience as we all wait with eagerness for our online payment service to be up and running.  Please be assured that your share for the 2012 season is currently being held.

You will still be able to officially reserve your share for next year prior to the release of any new shares. Unfortunately, we are still experiencing some technical difficulties with the credit processor, but we hope to have the system operational as soon as possible.

Due to the inconvenience, we have extended the share deposit deadline until December 15. At that time your $100 deposit to officially reserve your share is due. You may also choose to pay for your share in full at one time. 

If you are planning on purchasing a volunteer share, please contact Josie at prior to visiting the payment page, you will not be able to purchase this share without a special coupon code.

 Thank you again for your patience, 

 - The CSA Team 

Posted 11/5/2011 4:45pm by Josie Hart.
Dear Shareholders,

We were all hoping our new online system would up and running by Monday Nov.7. However, we are still waiting on the credit card processor company who is installing our online payment system.

Please be patient with us, the system is being tested this coming week and we will let everyone know when it is ready to go. For now, please hold on to your deposit money until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience – all current members have their spot reserved for next year until December 1st when your $100 deposit is due.

Thanks! We hope to see you all tonight for our CSA Thanksgiving get-together!

- The CSA Staff