GoFarm

We envision a healthy local food system that is thriving, environmentally sustainable, and equitable for ALL Coloradans. We run three program areas that 1) support and train local farmers, 2) make healthy, local food more affordable and accessible, and 3) connect YOU with where your food comes from.

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Local Food Share

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Families

Description

The GoFarm Local Food Share is a multi-farm CSA, where participants sign up for a season's worth of produce from local farmers, and then pick up their share each week throughout the season. The Local Food Share helps people connect to their local agriculture and learn about the seasonality of local Colorado produce. Participants are also supporting their beginning farmers by increasing the demand for local, SUSTAINABLE produce and strengthening their local economy.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Continued strong growth year over year. In 2021, there are over 800 shareholders participate in the local food share, which is a significant increase over previous years. We have 4 pickup locations, have a strong retention rate, and receive very positive feedback from neighbors and community members who appreciate having such a convenient way to buy local, sustainable produce and support their local farmers.

Farmer Assistance

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
Veterans

Description

GoFarm provides amble avenues of support for local farmers. Including providing access to a wholesale market, managing an equipment rental program, helping farmers access land and networking opportunities, and training and mentoring beginning farmers through our GoFarm Incubator program.

The goal of the incubator program is to expand the capacity of beginning farmers to launch new sustainable farming businesses and enhance their success and sustainability. Participants receive mentorship, training, classroom education, business planning assistance, in-field workshops, and more. Many of the participants receive their own farm plot to utilize as their own for their time in the program, before graduating and starting their own!

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Evidence of Program's Success

One of GoFarm's farmers is Sean Conway of Micro Farms who had this to say about working with GoFarm: "GoFarm has been a pillar of support for Micro Farms this season. By identifying new markets for us to sell our produce as well as patronizing us for their CSA, they have accounted for over a third of our income this summer."

Sinec 2019, GoFarm has been sourcing 100% of the Local Food Share produce from local, small scale farmers. In 2020, we paid over $280,000 to farmers and farmer mentors and will continue to expand this as much as we can!

Community Food Access

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents
Teachers

Description

Our Community Food Access program aims to make fresh, local food more accessible and affordable to everyone in our community. We partner with community organizations to run projects that address food insecurity at a systems level, reaching communities with limited access to healthy food. This program makes purchasing and cooking healthy, local food easy and routine for more families.

Specifically, we host weekly low-cost, mobile markets at several Head Start locations in Jefferson County. We accept SNAP (food stamps) and WIC benefits, participate in Double Up Food Bucks, and offer a half-price share option to eligible, limited income households. We provide healthy food for local food pantries, schools, and senior living facilities so that more people can access AND afford nutritious, fresh food.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the first and second year of the program, over 2,200 food boxes were sold at participating preschools. We expanded into more preschools in Year 2, and developed an event stronger program at the Arvada Head Start where customers can purchase food a la carte, instead of purchasing full shares. We have gotten positive feedback that this allows people to buy more of what they want and waste less food.

Now, we serve over 450 families per year and offer more education on healthy produce to kids and parents. We have partnered with more organizations who want to provide fresh, local food to their constituents and we are ecstatic to be able to support both our local farmers and our community members at the same time.

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