Denver isn’t a frequent city mentioned in urban farming headlines, but it’s quietly become a bustling hub of small urban commercial farms. Over the weekend Denver hosted an annual Slow Food Nations conference that featured the promising examples of urban farming in their city, in hopes of inspiring others to grow food in Denver.
On particular display was the impact of small scale urban farms, farms under five acres, that were selling viably to restaurants and to residents via farmers markets. The tour was led by Josh Volk an author on how to make compact farms viable on less than 5 acres. The tour was set out to showcase that small-scale agriculture is not only commercially viable but is already having an impact on Denver by supplying the local restaurants and farmer’s markets.
FrieghtFarms containers to farm, to growing on less than a 1/3 acre in soil at the backyard of a residence. The variety leads to the same conclusion, it doesn’t take a lot of space, if used efficiently, to have an impact and turn a profit.
The tour also highlighted that all types of backgrounds can lead you to farm, Everitt farms were established by a family who wanted to provide their children with vegan and organic diets, their journey into growing their own food eventually led them to become full-time farmers for others. ACRES at Warren Tech was started by a chef whose love for fresh produce eventually led him to grow food for others full time instead of preparing it.
Check out the full original story, with interviews with each farm, to learn about how these small farmers are making a large impact.