A major problem for Denver and its residents is sustainability. When we see that climate change will affect us all, it’s important to provide tools for people and groups who want to lead in the Mile High City’s efforts towards sustainability.
This series will cover the problem, explore solutions, search for alternatives, and outline better everyday practices.
The agricultural industry in Denver has been growing rapidly over the past decade and is now dispersed throughout the city. Most food consumed in the US is from large-scale farming. Some companies import food from afar.
The importance of farming is often hard to comprehend, but when a farm comes to the city, it brings our food system closer to home.
Farming sustainably at the local level can provide many advantages, including:
- Lower pollution.
- More equitable access to healthy food.
- Increased economic vitality in the region.
- Often a promise that locally grown produce tastes better.
These urban farms in Denver and Aurora have many objectives, including community gardens, raising livestock, and growing food for local nonprofit organizations.
They are devoted to food equity, sustainable food education, promoting good health, and building robust local food systems. You will find many opportunities to learn and visit.
Also, read about Portland Gardens.
Denver Urban farm is an excellent opportunity for city youth to play a role in local food systems by removing obstacles like access to land, time, location, and money.
The majority of Denver Urban Farms provides local urban youth with a unique opportunity to learn about farming without leaving the city.
Pioneers believe access and education are necessary for promoting future farmers, healthy eaters, and sustainability thinkers.
The group also tries to inspire happiness by providing the opportunity to learn through experience with hands-on farming while cultivating a sense of responsibility, curiosity, concern, and perseverance.
Urban Farms in Denver
Where: 6825 E Alameda Ave, Denver
Ekar Farm is a community farm, and they are passionate about building communities by doing things like food justice education, community farming, celebrating holidays together, and providing skills-based training. They donate most of their products to organizations that serve food insecure populations.
Visit Ekar! They’re open to the public, host events, and have a program for volunteers.
The Urban Farm
Where: 10200 Smith Rd, Denver
The Urban Farm (TUF) works to inspire children to learn through experience in a farm setting. They foster respect, responsibility, curiosity, and caring and promote grit. TUF’s main programming center surrounds horses and community gardens and offers after-school activities for youth living in Denver on scholarship!
The farm is open for self-guided tours and opens on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Volunteers are needed!
You can check out TUF’s many programming options here.
Denver Urban Gardens (DUG)
Where: 1031 33rd St. #100, Denver
Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) is a network of community gardens based on the principle of sustainability and equity. Over 30 years, DUG has reached more than 180 community garden sites in Denver, emphasizing youth education programs, compost training, and urban gardening to support school cafeterias.
Community garden allocations are available here. You can also start your community garden by filling out an application form.
Groundwork Denver is committed to sustainable change in the environment. They focus on five initiatives: air, climate, energy, food, land, and water.
The Groundwork Greens initiative focuses on growing produce hydroponically for local restaurants and farmer’s markets and providing opportunities for volunteers to learn about farming methods.
Visit the signup page to volunteer with Groundwork Greens or another Groundwork Denver program.
Where: 2500 25th St, #200, Denver
Altius Farms is a vertical aeroponic farm in RiNo. It utilizes 5% of the water and 10% of the land, and its yield is ten times as much compared to traditional produce farming.
Altius farms represent our present and future with this revolutionary form of agriculture.
Altius hosts veterans trained to use modern agricultural systems and even helps out with youth programming.
Visit the greenhouse for tours! For more information, visit their website.
Astro Azules Farms
Where: South Denver
Mile High Urban Farming is a business that specializes in growing herbs, flowers, and unique succulents.
This company also owns Astro Azules- the new urban farm brand created to serve as a hub for food produced native to Denver. The products they grow include native fruits, vegetables, and honey.
Check out Astro Azules if you can! They sell their produce at farmers’ markets all over the city. You can keep track of them on Instagram.
Where: Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood
Huerta Urbana is a farming incubator for urban farmers in training. They secured agricultural plots to address food insecurity during the pandemic.
Huerta Urbana has ten raised garden beds for the 2021 season and is a robust and community-based effort toward food justice.
Gotham Greens (Aurora)
Where: Adjacent to Stanley Marketplace in Aurora
Gotham Greens has nine locations nationwide committed to reducing the amount of time it takes for produce from farms to tables.
This business model remains cost-effective and also reduces emissions by being sustainable.
One Mountain West farm in Aurora where hydroponic greens can be grown year-round and distributed locally when harvested!
Delaney Community Farm
Where: 170 S Chambers Rd, Aurora
Denver Urban Gardens and Project Worthmore are sponsoring DeLaney Community Farm, which provides refugees with the skills needed to grow food for themselves.
The refugee participants get education and training on sustainable farming practices and economic resiliency.
In addition, they can connect with other people during their process of community integration in a safe space.
Visit Delaney Community Farm – and be a volunteer!