We’ve officially wrapped up the 2014-2015 School Year Program, so we’re giving the GreenLeaf youth crew the option of taking this week off before our Summer Program starts next Tuesday. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot of work to do!
We’re looking for 10-20 people to join a few of our crew members this week to help with some much-needed farm work: Pulling weeds, tilling in compost, thinning seedlings, cleaning out the shed, telling corny jokes, teaching us dance moves… there’s a job for everyone! Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, June 3, 10 am to 12 pm;
and Saturday, June 6, 9 am to 12 pm Where: Sustainability Park, 2500 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205 RSVP: Email Cody@GreenLeafDenver.org
GreenLeaf will supply water, snacks, sunscreen, hand tools, gloves, instructions, and some jams to work/dance to. We ask that you please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. If you happen to have a spare shovel, rake, or other garden tools, please feel free to bring those as well!
We’re looking for a few good CSA members for 2015! A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a great option for customers who want regular access to fresh fruits and veggies, and desire to engage on a deeper level with their farmers all throughout the growing season. Members pre-pay for their shares in the spring, which provides the resources necessary for us to begin the farm season. In return, shareholders come to the farm each week to pick up their share of the harvest.
The details for this year’s program are below. As always, we’re offering very affordable paid shares, as well as a work-share option for folks who can’t afford a regular share and would like to put in volunteer hours on the farm in exchange for their produce. We are all about making this program as accessible as possible, so if you or someone you know would like a share but the cost is a barrier, we are willing to work out a payment plan or other creative arrangement.
Regular (Paid) CSA Shares
Available Shares (as of May 21, 2015): 4
12 Weeks, beginning mid-July (Exact date TBA)
Volunteer 2 hours per week in exchange for produce
Available Shares (as of May 21, 2015): 2
12 Weeks, beginning mid-July (Exact date TBA)
NEW IN 2015: We are starting a brand new CSA Shareholder-only eNewsletter! During the CSA season, we plan to send weekly updates on what’s happening on the farm, what we’re harvesting, maybe some tasty recipe ideas, and any news about changes to the regular schedule or pickup details. Stay tuned for more details.
GreenLeaf is an official charity partner of the 2015 Colfax Marathon!
Our youth, staff, board, and volunteers are coming together to run/walk the Colfax 5K and raise funds to support our year-round youth leadership development and food justice programming. In honor of the 5 amazing farm seasons we’ve completed so far at GreenLeaf, we’re challenging every member of our team to raise at least $50. We hope to recruit 30 people to run or walk the 5K with us, and if all of us meet this goal, we’ll bring in a grand total of $1,500 to support the GreenLeaf youth crew!
Signing up to be a runner or walker for GreenLeaf is super easy! To get started, contact Cody at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
GreenLeaf is a youth-led urban farm in downtown Denver, where powerful youth leaders grow together – cultivating community and food justice through urban agriculture. GreenLeaf youth crew members work year round managing all aspects of the farm, from planning and planting, to harvesting and running a weekly farm stand, to canvassing the neighborhood and making educational presentations. Since GreenLeaf started in 2008, over 50 youth have participated, harvesting nearly 10,000 pounds of produce over the years.
GreenLeaf is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, and contributions to CNDC for the benefit of GreenLeaf are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
We’re honored and humbled to be featured in the March 2015 edition of the Denver Voice, a nonprofit street newspaper supporting our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness and economic poverty in Denver.
This post first appeared in the February edition of GreenLeaf’s monthly eNewsletter. Click here to subscribe and be the first to hear about what’s happening at GreenLeaf all year long!
Our youth crew has been hard at work the last couple months planning our 2015 farm. After carefully analyzing last year’s crop yields and popularity, the crew decided to scale back on certain crops (like hot chile peppers and collard greens), grow more of a few types of veggies (like butterhead lettuce and herbs), and improve our planting and record-keeping practices. Now that we’ve got 5 full growing seasons under our belts, we know what we have to do to make 2015 our best year ever!
To get ready for this year’s seed order, we first looked at how much of each crop we’d like to grow, then carefully sorted through all the seeds we already had on the farm to determine what we’ll need to buy or get donated. We even created a brand new seed binder to keep everything nice and tidy! Thanks to Denver Urban Gardens’ Free Seeds & Transplants Program, we already have lots of seeds and starts coming our way this spring — at no cost to GreenLeaf! Thanks, DUG!
Taking a break from farm planning to play Ninja!
Once we finish up our seed order, we’ll be ready to put the final touches on our farm map and gather supplies for seed starting in our new PVC-frame greenhouse that we picked up this winter. The farm may still be sleeping in these cold winter months, but we’re buzzing with excitement and dreaming of beautiful green seedlings!
Stay tuned to our eNewsletter, website, and Facebook page for more updates on what the GreenLeaf youth crew is up to this spring!
We wanted to take a second to thank you, “from the bottom of the plant,” for supporting GreenLeaf! Whether you gave a donation this year or last, spent time with us on the farm, or visited our farm stand — we are grateful for your support!
In 2014, our youth crew harvested and distributed over 2,600 pounds of fresh, affordable produce. We recruited 9 total CSA members this year, which is the most we have EVER had. We also donated our healthy fruits and veggies to hunger relief agencies like the Denver Rescue Mission and Agape Christian Church, and began selling basil to our neighborhood pizzeria, Cart Driver. All in all, 2014 was incredible — and YOUR support made it possible!
We want to keep building on this success and make 2015 our best year EVER. We hope you’ll consider including GreenLeaf in your year-end giving, and ask that you tell a friend or coworker about our work as well. Even a $10 donation can help us purchase seed packets for 2 beds on our farm, a pair of sturdy garden gloves for a youth crew member, or a set of new harvest buckets. Will you donate today?
On behalf of the GreenLeaf agri/cultural youth intern crew, mentern team, community advisory board, and volunteers, I want to thank you for your generous support of our 2014 Harvest Campaign!
Although we didn’t quite reach our original goal, you still helped us make the campaign a huge success — we raised an incredible, astounding, beautiful, inspiring $14,903.75! These funds will be put to work right away in support of GreenLeaf’s goals in 2015 — growing more food, growing our youth, and growing our community.
Thank you again for all the many ways you support GreenLeaf’s mission to cultivate powerful youth and food justice through urban agriculture. I can’t wait to see where we grow next!
We couldn’t resist saying THANK YOU again! So, check out the short and sweet video our youth crew made at our meeting earlier this week, with a special message featuring the last of our 2014 harvest!
My name is Terri Shelton and I am super excited to become a part of the GreenLeaf community! I am a second year student at DU pursuing my Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Health and Wellness along with a certificate to practice social work with Latin0/as.
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues, soul, and BBQ. I received my Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2007. Shortly after I graduated college, I discovered backyard-container gardening and yoga and felt the healing effects of these almost immediately. I began advocating for others to connect with their food and practice yoga as a means of therapy.
I have a passion for health justice which leads to sustainable health and wellness of individuals and communities. I am particularly interested in the positive effects one feels when he/she eats well, exercises, smiles and laughs (even if it is forced!), and spends time doing things that make him/her happy. All of these precipitate a healthy mind. These positive effects will not only benefit the individual, but the community as a whole. Exploring the issue of food in/justice is one of my goals while interning at GreenLeaf. Offering flexible pricing at the farm stand makes it possible so that everyone can afford fresh, healthy food.
I am excited to learn and work alongside the GreenLeaf menterns, youth interns, and crew volunteers. Their vast knowledge will no doubt be an invaluable tool that will stay with me forever
“Then & Now” is a new feature on the GreenLeaf Blog, where we invite GreenLeafers past and present to reflect on their time on the crew and share how it has changed them over the years.
Our first post is from Dwone, one of GreenLeaf’s “Menterns” (mentor/interns). Dwone joined the crew in 2010 and was hired for his position as a Mentern after graduating from high school in 2013.
Before I was a part of GreenLeaf I never gave food a second thought. Honestly I just thought that all food had to have come from farms that were well taken care of, and that all the animals that became our food were as well. With things like advertising, what else are you supposed to believe, especially if that is all you know? I used to be a pretty chubby kid that kept to himself quite a lot and generally avoided any kind of conversation with people, so needless to say I didn’t really have too many friends. But that eventually that led me to have many good friends that I am still fond of to this day. This is relevant due to the fact they were the reason why I even came across GreenLeaf. They joined GreenLeaf a year before I did and told me that I should really try it out and see if I liked it. I really liked trying things that I have never tried before and decided that I was going to see if I liked it.
Now it has been about four years since I gave GreenLeaf a try, and I have enjoyed it ever since. I have made friends with quite a lot of the people who work there with me, and I have learned a lot as well. After watching a movie called “Food Inc.” I realised where food actually comes from if not just directly grown on a farm — and let me tell you, it is definitely an eye opener. It has stuck with me, and now I’m a little cautious about the things that I put into my body. Eating better also gave me motivation to start working out, and I became skinnier and more fit than I have ever been in my life. As for me having talking to people, I overcame that with ease when I was was stuck with the same group of kids for long periods of time. Eventually I was bound to talk to someone. On top of that my great friend Tomas (a former GreenLeaf member) wanted me to help him with presentations and felt the most secure with me at his side. Since I didn’t want to let a friend down I went through with the presentations, despite the fear that we were both feeling at the time. Over time both of us got really good at it, and presenting was hardly an issue, let alone talking to people in general. Now I can actually hold a conversation and not just give short answers like I used to.
I have learned so much from this small organization that at first I thought was going to be all about farming. Shows how much I knew back then. Thanks to GreenLeaf I have learned many skills that I’m not sure that I would have learned otherwise. I feel like it has definitely changed me for the better.
Greenleaf engages youth in urban agriculture, farming on available lots in neighborhoods that don't have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. At GreenLeaf young people ages 14 – 18 earn a fair wage while they grow food for their communities and explore issues of health, nutrition, and social justice. Our diverse crew of youth interns drives GreenLeaf's innovative and project-based curriculum of intensive leadership development and asset-based community building. The young people also grow, challenging themselves and each other in an environment that creates lasting, just, and sustainable social change.
GreenLeaf is a Project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, and contributions to CNDC for the benefit of GreenLeaf are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.