CSA Programs

Community Supported Agriculture creates an opportunity for people to engage with, and learn about, their community farm throughout the growing season. Memberships are paid in spring, providing the needed capital to start farming each season. Members then visit their farm each week to pick up a share of the harvest from June-October.

CSA membership provides not only a generous supply of organically grown produce each week, but it creates educational opportunities for people to learn about their food, connect with their farm, and actively build connections in their community food system. Many shareholders can walk or bike to CSA pick-up, and the whole family is encouraged to attend each week to learn about seasonal availability of produce, participate in cooking demonstrations by local chefs, and share in the weekly changes that take place on the farm throughout the season.

Sprout City Farms’ 2015 season is now complete.  Information about 2016 CSA shares will be available in late January.  If you are interested in joining our CSA in 2016, feel free to email us and we will notify you when the information is available.

 

Work Shares and SNAP/EBT Shares:

To ensure food access for all members of the community, Sprout City Farms makes approximately 20% of our CSA shares available as sponsored (free) or work shares. Work shares give participants an opportunity to earn back up to 50% of their CSA membership in exchange for time spent helping on the farm. SNAP/EBT shares are available to SNAP/EBT  precipitants who are either involved with our partners, or who live in the immediate neighborhood of one of our farms. Applications and additional information will be available soon.

 

CSA Share Options

Vegetable Share | Sprout City Farms
17 weeks of naturally grown produce from June to October at Denver Green School Community Farm or Mountair Park Community Farm.

Organic Fruit Share | Ela Family Farms
11 weeks of tree-ripened organic fruit from mid-August to late October, including peaches, pears, and apples from Ela Family Farms. Average of 5 pounds of fruit per week.

Egg Share | Farm TBD
17 weeks of local, natural eggs. 1 dozen per week.

Meat Share | Locavore Delivery
8 deliveries over 16 weeks of local naturally raised beef and pork (beef only shares are also available). More info. Order direct from Locavore Delivery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Community Supported Agriculture work?

Community Supported Agriculture is about forging a direct relationship between food producers and food consumers. To participate, one purchases a CSA “share” in a farm prior to the growing season. A CSA share is similar to a subscription, but instead of getting a newspaper or magazine each week, you get fresh, locally-produced, organically-grown food! During the growing season, shareholders come to the farm each week to pick up their freshly harvested produce.

The whole family is encouraged to come to the weekly pickup, as you will get to see the farm and how it’s growing, learn about seasonal availability of different veggies, and get recipes and participate in cooking demonstrations that will help you turn your share into delicious meals for you and your family. 

 

What if I’ll be out of town or on vacation during the CSA season?

Send a friend or neighbor to pick up your share, or if that’s not convenient, your share will simply be added to our donation program that week.  We’re sorry, but due to limited storage space we are unable to accommodate late or rescheduled pickups.

 

What kind of produce will I get?

SCF’s farms grow a wide variety of seasonal vegetables. Check out our 2016 Crop Calendar for more details. If you’d like to see what to expect in a fruit share, you can view the 2016 Ela Fruit Calendar. If there are ever items in your share that you do not like, or do not want, there is a designated spot at pickup each week where you can leave undesired items behind for another family or for donation.

 

CSA Shareholder Agreement
1. As a CSA shareholder, I am responsible for picking up my produce on the designated pickup day/time. If I cannot pick up my produce during the scheduled time, I will make arrangements to have someone pick it up on my behalf, or will let the farm manager know that my share is to be donated that week (with 1 day’s advance notice). Due to storage limitations, SCF cannot make accommodations for late pickups.
2. I understand that if my produce is not picked up within the designated time, it will be donated to a charity of SCF’s choice.
3. I understand that farming and crops can be affected by contingencies including weather, wildlife damage, drought, late/early frost, etc. I agree to share the risk of these contingencies and understand that the amount of produce in my share may vary as a result.
4. I agree to complete the appropriate SCF volunteer waiver before volunteering at any SCF Community Farm.

Cancellation Policy: SCF will refund the full amount of a share, less a $25 processing fee, if canceled byJune 1st. No refunds will be issued after June 1st but shares can be transferred.

Internship & Apprenticeship Opportunities

The SCF internship and apprenticeship program helps aspiring farmers and those interested in the food system acquire the skills needed to ensure that urban agriculture can proliferate.

interns

Our internship and apprenticeship programs are valuable opportunities for anyone interested in the growing field of urban agriculture. We host high school and college students, recent graduates, and folks from the neighborhoods around our farms. Our program provides hands-on learning of the workings of a small-scale sustainable farming operation and is customized to meet the goals and interests of each intern/apprentice.

We will be accepting Seasonal farm intern and Apprentice applications for both community farms until March 1, 2016 or until all spots are filled.  Communication and Development Interns are accepted on a rolling basis.  See below for descriptions for all the opportunities. For the Seasonal Apprentice and Intern positions, please fill out this Intern/Apprentice_Application, in addition to a resume, cover letter and references.

SCF Seasonal Apprentice Description

SCF Seasonal Farm Intern Description

SCF Communication and Developement Intern Description

Mission and Values

Sprout City Farms believes that a thriving local food system is the foundation for healthy, resilient communities. We strive to ensure food-secure communities by developing and strengthening the local food system.

 

Vision: Sprout City Farms (SCF) envisions a thriving local food system within the Denver metro area supported by a network of accessible city farms which nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding community.

Mission: Sprout City Farms cultivates educational urban farms that engage and strengthen communities.

 

Our work is guided by the following core values:

Healthy Food Access: To develop healthier individuals, families, and communities, all people should have access to fresh, locally grown, organic foods.

Education, Participation, and Awareness: Everyone should know where their food comes from, as well as have access to opportunities to learn how to produce it themselves. By visiting or participating at a community farm, people will expand their food knowledge, increasing the likelihood of making healthy food choices. We believe that this will encourage the development of policies that support the future viability of a sustainable and fair urban farming economy.

Ecological Stewardship: In order to support the long-term sustainability of initiatives that seek to address food security, farming methods need to appropriately harmonize with the local ecosystem.

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