GreenLeaf | What We Do
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Our Program

GreenLeaf offers seamless year-round programming for a diverse crew of youth from all across Denver, who earn a fair wage working 5 hours per week during our School Year Program and 20 hours per week during our Summer Program. Our crew is staffed with 10 Youth Agri/Cultural Interns (ages 14-18) and 2-3 “Menterns” (mentor/interns, ages 18-21). During the Summer Program our Youth Interns work 5 days a week on the farm, running all aspects of our food production and distribution efforts, as well as community outreach and canvassing. A key focus of the Summer Program is developing  leadership skills, building teamwork, and exploring personal and community identities. During the School Year Program, we shift to a focus on evaluation of the farm season, conducting research on crops and production methods, and planning for next year’s farm.
The work of our crew of Youth Interns is divided into three main areas: 1) Agricultural Operations: deciding what to grow, learning how best to care for it, and teaching community members and volunteers about our farm operations; 2) Educational Operations: developing curriculum tools to teach peers and communities about food, nutrition, growing food, and eating local; and 3) GreenLeaf2Go: neighborhood canvassing, marketing, and distribution operations, including our 9-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and our on-site Farm Stand.

Food Distribution

GreenLeaf Youth Interns take home approximately half of our harvests to share with their friends and family, and the rest of our produce is sold at low prices or donated to those in need in our community. Our primary methods of food distribution are a low-cost, weekly Farm Stand, and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. For the Farm Stand, hosted from 10 to noon every Saturday at our farm at the SPark, our youth conduct market research at local grocery stores in order to set low, flexible prices for our organic produce. The purpose of the Farm Stand is to increase access to healthy, affordable produce in Northeast Denver, so no one is turned away for lack of funds. Members of the community are also invited to become shareholders in our CSA program. CSA members share in the risks and rewards of farming by purchasing shares at affordable prices ahead of the farm season, which allows us to buy seeds and transplants and invest in farm infrastructure. In exchange, CSA members are entitled to pick up a share of the harvest every Saturday throughout the 12-week harvest season. We also donate a large portion of our produce to hunger-relief organizations each season. We are excited to begin partnering in 2015 with Denver Food Rescue, who will assist us in distributing fresh produce at no cost to community members in need of support.

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