Farm Stand - Hours, Locations and History

Farm Stands in Food Deserts - An Urban Food Initiative

In partnership with Denver Human Services (DHS), the Gardens piloted a program to provide easy access to healthy, fresh vegetables for some of Denver's most vulnerable populations. 

Many live in areas--such as the Sun Valley neighborhood--without access to fresh produce, also known as food deserts. As a response, Denver Botanic Gardens introduced a farm stand at the DHS Castro Building that offers pay-as-you-can or EBT (Electronic Benefit Payments) redeemed produce. The community response has been very positive. With this momentum, the Gardens applied for and received a supporting grant from Kaiser Permanente. These neighborhoods will continue to have access to fresh produce and other fresh products straight from Chatfield Farms!

Farm Stand Locations and Schedule:
Mondays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Castro Building at 1200 Federal Boulevard 80204
Wednesdays: AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Webb Building at 201 West Colfax Avenue 80202
Fridays 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. AFFORDABLE/DOUBLE BUCKS The Montbello Office 4685 Peoria , Montbello,80238
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. UNION STATION STANDARD PRICES - EBT and Double Bucks 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202 

While bringing fresh food to various Denver neighborhoods in the summer, we also want to encourage the residents to make the farm stand something that belongs to the community. We have partnered with organizations to connect the farm stand and community:  E.L.K, City of Denver, Kaiser Permanente, United Health Care and Veterans to Farmers and Mo' Betta Greens.      

      

 

Project History:

Both the Chatfield Farms CSA and Denver Botanic Gardens’ Community Garden have a commitment to donating unused produce to local organizations such as The Gathering Place, Cooking Matters and Meals on Wheels. While we continue to donate to our community, attaching some value to the food we distribute enhances the connection that the community has with its food, local farms and growers.

In 2014, CSA outreach programs partnered with Denver Human Services (DHS) to service Sun Valley. The initiative was enhanced thanks to funding from the Colorado Fresh Food Fund for a colorful refrigerated box truck. 

Chatfield Farms and Urban Food Initiatives (UFI) programs grew 50 tons of produce that first year and fed 270 families while donating several hundred pounds of produce to local organizations that address hunger and fresh food access. The Gardens’ farm stands served over 3,000 people.      

Our goal is to continue to broaden our reach each year, engaging the surrounding community so teens and neighbors can work at the farm stands and increase our offerings.