Urban Farm Events & Programs
The Urban Farm works as a business venture and Middle School Urban Farm students learn how to sustain their farm business through a plan that includes marketing, fundraising through grants, hosting farmer’s markets, and seedling and totes sales, and working on our new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program. Students also host an annual Farm-to-Table Dinner for our Middle School extended community.
Vertical Farm Public Tour
Ever wanted to know more about what’s going on inside the glowing, white metal container on MSD’s campus? That is our Vertical Farm, and MSD will be offering a public tour on Friday, November 8 from 9–9:30am. The tour will be a great opportunity to see a shipping container farm in action if you have never seen one and to ask general questions about what we do. We will discuss MSD’s gardening journey, how we utilize our farm as classroom space, how the farm is operated, and how we grow food year-round. If you would like to register for this event, please email Caleb Gruber, our Vertical Farm Manager, to save a spot or two. Feel free to share this event, as it is open to the public.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
We are excited to announce that we will be kicking off our 2019-2020 Vertical Farm CSA Program on Wednesday, September 18! What is a CSA you might ask? A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program is a method of supporting small farms by buying a share of harvests from the farm at an up-front cost. In exchange, the CSA member will get a weekly share of produce from the farm through the end of the season. The Fall CSA will cost $308 and will run for 14 weeks, until Wednesday, December 18. CSA participants will get a weekly share of greens from the Vertical Farm, which includes butterhead lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, mizuna, basil, parsley, and micro-greens. Participants will also get a bi-weekly loaf of MSD artisan bread, and 2 Work Bond credits for their contribution to the farm. If you are interested in participating, please click here to register. Spots are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis - so register today!
If you have any questions about the CSA program, please email our Vertical Farmer, Caleb Gruber.
In the past, MSD partnered with St. Elizabeth’s School in Denver to collaborate and help to start an Urban Farm at their school. For three years, MSD and St. Elizabeth’s students worked together at each campus to advance the mission of their gardening programs. In the first year of the partnership, St. Elizabeth’s students apprenticed at MSD, tending to our soil gardens and helping us to execute our Farmers Markets and Seedling Sales. In the second year, St. Elizabeth’s students instituted a hydroponics-to-salad-bar program at their own school, growing leafy greens in four Tower Gardens on their campus. in the third year, the students worked towards revitalizing seven raised beds on St. Elizabeth’s campus and continued their study of hydroponics.
Summer Gardening Program
The Urban Farm program continues over the summer as well when MSD families tend to the garden and harvest the bounty! The Summer Gardening Program is open to all MSD families and all ages are welcome to water, harvest, and weigh the produce. Families love the chance to spend a morning in the garden, and they enjoy the yummy dishes they make with the produce. A portion of each harvest is donated to those in need.
Adult Evening Enrichment Gardening Classes
Parents are invited to join our Farm Team for evening adult enrichment gardening classes on the MSD campus! Bring a friend, or bring a neighbor, these classes are open to all parents and friends of the MSD community. More information will be available soon.