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Farm Camp at Chatfield: Homes, Hives and Hideouts

June 20-24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 11-15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Explore along the banks of Deer Creek while you learn about its inhabitants and their dwellings. Design and construct your own nature fort and bake homemade biscuits on the wood stove in our historical kitchen.

Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference

The average age of U.S. farmers today is 57. Two acres of farmland are lost every minute. Many young people dream of starting a farm, but lack access to land, capital, education, and training.


Join us for the conference on Saturday, featuring instructional workshops from regional experts, targeted towards small scale, sustainable farming. Topics include land access and financing, crop rotation and food safety, marketing strategies for small farms, policy advocacy, and more. Come share your ideas, knowledge and questions and enjoy lunch and a post-conference social hour with local experts and aspiring farmers.


There will be hands-on volunteering opportunities the Sunday following the conference. Please email Phil Cordelli at phil.cordelli@botanicgardes.org.


The conference is targeted to those who are considering starting an urban, suburban, or rural farm, those who have already been growing for a couple of years, and those who want to learn more and support the burgeoning small farm movement on the Front Range.


Pre-registration is highly encouraged.

$52 general public, cost of lunch and social hour is included.

*For discounted admission by volunteering, please contact sami.lester@botanicgardens.org

Denver Botanic Gardens, National Young Farmers Coalition, and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union will be represented. Penn & Cord Parmenter will be present for seed sales and greenhouse plans!

Location: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128


Life on the Farm at Chatfield Farms

Care for farm animals and learn what it takes to make vegetables grow on a modern farm. Prepare snacks each day and learn how every ingredient is connected to the farm. You will immerse yourself in nature along the banks of Deer Creek while observing frogs, insects and birds of prey.

Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.


Making the Most Out of Your CSA

Are you excited about participating in a local CSA but a little unsure about what to do with all that kale and kohlrabi? Join Chef Elizabeth Buckingham for this delicious seasonally-focused class where we’ll discuss how to make the most of your CSA share. Chef Elizabeth will share fresh, healthy and tasty recipes that perfectly showcase that in-season produce and keep you from wasting anything, and you’ll taste some great fresh food. Whether it’s your first or your tenth CSA season, this class will teach you all sorts of great tips to use your fresh vegetables in the best possible ways!


Instructor: Chef Elizabeth Buckingham is a Colorado native; she earned a Grande Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. A spontaneous scuba diving trip to the Bahamas following her culinary school graduation led to a passion for the ocean and the next eight years of her career, first cooking aboard dive boats and later progressing to head chef aboard private yachts worldwide. In 2009, Elizabeth returned to Colorado and started her own private chef venture, Moveable Feast Colorado. Elizabeth teaches public and private cooking classes in the Denver area and offers recipe development and trade-show services to her corporate clients. Elizabeth is also a certified Master Gardener and runs a tiny urban homestead complete with chickens and a large vegetable garden. She is an avid home canner and preserver, a passionate advocate of local food, and thinks everyone should know how to cook at least a little bit.


$44 members, $49 non-members, includes $20 materials fee.


Located at Chatfield Farms

8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd.

Littleton, CO 80128



Signs of Spring at Chatfield Farms

Spend the week at Chatfield Farms caring for farm animals and preparing for the growing season. Start seeds, create a fairy garden, eat “dirt” and learn about weather in a bottle. Each day we will complete several theme-based activities including cooking, art, garden exploration and science.


Price: $249 member, $269 non-member.


This camp is designed for ages 6-12.

No After-Care is available.


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