Take a Tour of DeLaney Community Farm

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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DeLaney Community Farm sits on quiet green acres right next to a busy thoroughfare in Aurora, Colo. Members of the CSA support the farm by purchasing shares of produce and providing sweat-equity in GiveBack Hours each season. The wooden greenhouse and barn offer space for share pick-ups and classes, like beekeeping.
The apiary consists of beehives that sit in two different areas of the farm. The hives help with pollination to improve crop yields, and they serve the educational mission, too. Honey beekeeping workshops are offered at DeLaney several times each year. Visitors are encouraged to take a peek inside the hives to see the bees at work.
DeLaney Community Farms is situated on 158-acres of open space thats also a historic property owned by the City of Aurora, Colo. The restored farm buildings let visitors see what Aurora was like in the 1880s. The Gully house was moved to this spot and is the oldest surviving house in Aurora. One of the most unusual features is the grain silo (shown in the distance) that was converted to a cow barn. It may be the only surviving round barn still standing anywhere in Colorado.
The farm and garden is just a stones throw from the City of Auroras Municipal Center, shown in the background. Thousands of cars zip by the farm each day, but many Aurora residents have never stopped to take a tour or hike the nearby Highline and Tollgate Creek trails.  
Members of the DeLaney CSA help with the harvest to fulfill their required volunteer hours. GiveBack Hours help members connect with the land and ensure its continued success.
Old farm equipment serves as a reminder of what life at DeLaney was like in its early years.
DeLaney Community Farm sits on quiet green acres right next to a busy thoroughfare in Aurora, Colo. Members of the CSA support the farm by purchasing shares of produce and providing sweat-equity in GiveBack Hours each season. The wooden greenhouse and barn offer space for share pick-ups and classes, like beekeeping.Click To Enlarge

DeLaney Community Farm sits on quiet green acres right next to a busy thoroughfare in Aurora, Colo. Members of the CSA support the farm by purchasing shares of produce and providing sweat-equity in GiveBack Hours each season. The wooden greenhouse and barn offer space for share pick-ups and classes, like beekeeping.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Just 1 block east of one of the busiest thoroughfares in Aurora, Colo., is one of the most tranquil parts of the city. DeLaney Community Farm is located on a 158-acre historic property, and is managed by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG). For more than 10 years the farm has provided sustenance for minds and bodies.

DeLaney is a non-profit Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with a twist. The CSA has dual goals: to provide education about urban agriculture and sustainable farming and to increase access to a variety of fresh organic vegetables for the community.

About 30 different vegetables grow on the farm and members can add on other types of food shares to help support local farmers. Shareholders can choose to add shares of fruit, humanely-raised eggs and meat, honey, soap and raw goat's milk.

Community members support the farm with an annual membership which includes a monetary investment and a volunteer investment, too.

The GiveBack Hours include attending educational programs as well as volunteering with farm tasks, teaching a class, supervising a shareholder pick-up day or other important activities. About 12 hours are required each season.

Another special program allows members of the Women and Infant Children (WIC) program to work on the farm in exchange for a small share as part of the DeLaney workdays partnership.

Take the photo tour to see what's buzzing at DeLaney Community Farm on a typical summer day.


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