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Denver Human Services and Denver Botanic Gardens Bring Annual Farm Stand to Sun Valley, Montbello

Fresh, local produce available weekly at DHS offices through October at reduced costs

 

DENVER – June 16, 2017 – Denver Human Services (DHS) and Denver Botanic Gardens kick off their annual fresh foods farm stand season this week at DHS, bringing nutritious, locally-grown produce to Denver neighborhoods lacking access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Produce grown at the Gardens’ Chatfield Farm location – as part of the Chatfield Farms Veteran Program (a partnership between the Gardens and Veterans to Farmers) – will be available for purchase at DHS offices in Sun Valley and Montbello on specific days and times. Additionally, Denver Wellness, in partnership with United Healthcare, is bringing a new, city-centric farm stand location to the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building. The farm stands will operate through October.

“Local, nutritious food is crucial to improving health, safety, and happiness for all Denver children and families,” said DHS Executive Director Don Mares. “We are thankful for our continued partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens to provide our neighbors with the healthy foods and resources they need to confidently grow and thrive.”

The farm stands are open to all members of the community. Customers who visit the farm stand and use their SNAP food assistance program benefits card (EBT/Quest Card) qualify for additional discounts, including a Double Up Food Bucks Colorado incentive. Double Bucks allows SNAP benefits recipients to receive twice as much food for the same price, or double the money to spend on fruits and vegetables. Double Bucks are made possible by a collaboration led by LiveWell Colorado with funding support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Brian Vogt, CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens, said, “We are thrilled to participate in the third season of this important partnership. Making fresh food accessible to underserved communities is central not only to the Gardens’ overall mission but is a building block for our Urban Food Initiatives program.”

The Fresh Farm Stand will operate weekly through October on the following days and locations:

        Mondays: DHS Richard T. Castro Center, 1200 Federal Blvd., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
        Wednesdays: Wellington E. Webb Office Building, 201 E. Colfax Ave., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
        Fridays: DHS Arie P. Taylor Montbello Office, 4685 Peoria St., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
        Saturdays: Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.