Now that the New Year is upon us, I figured it was about time I wrote about a visit to a fantastic urban farming project in Denver.
Back in September I drove up to to meet Debbie Dalrymple, owner of Farm Yard CSA, at Salem United Church where one of the garden plots is located.
Farm Yard CSA is a co-op of about 18 garden plots mainly in the Washington Park and Kirsana Park neighborhoods. They are tended by Debbie, volunteers from WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), and CSA members who put in at least 4 hours of work per season. The gardens are uncertified organic, chemical free, and are drip irrigated. They also make their own seed tape.
Debbie Dalrymple says that the main goals for Farm Yard CSA are to reconnect people with their food source, build community, teach sustainability, and to travel less distance for fresh food.
I like the idea of neighborhoods working together by having front or back yards as edible gardens instead of ornamental ones. Now is a good time to start thinking about joining a CSA or planning your own garden. 2011 is right around the corner!