Strengthening our Local Food System and Building Healthier Communities
GoFarm is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the supply of and access to
affordable, fresh, healthy, local food in Colorado.
Our work falls within three program areas:
Farmer Assistance, Local Food Share and Community Access.
These three program areas work in unison to build up and sustain local farms, connect the community with their local agriculture, and make food more accessible and affordable for everyone.
We provide training, mentoring and market access to beginning farmers.
Local Food Share
We sell fresh, local food from sustainable farms in Colorado. The 2019 Local Food Share season runs from Jun. 12 - Oct. 25.
We improve access to healthy, locally grown food for families by hosting affordable pop-up markets and offering discount food shares.
The GoFarm Solution
For the past 50 years, the Denver Metro area has been steadily losing farms and farmland; only 9 of the original 307 farms that once existed in Denver 100 years ago are still in operation today. Furthermore, in Colorado the average age of a farmer is 58 years old, and studies estimate that as many as 50% of farmers will retire within the next decade.
Over the past 7 years, Colorado’s population has increased by over 550,000 residents, and in the Denver Metro area, 24% of the population are millennials. This influx of young Coloradans has resulted in an increase of young entrepreneurs interested in farming.
In response to this rising interest in farming, GoFarm works to provide the economic infrastructure, mentorship, and many other resources necessary to support beginning farmers. Read more about our Farmer Assistance programs.
At the same time, 1 in 11 Coloradans experience food insecurity, meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. As part of our Community Access programs we host food markets geared toward those in need and offer economic incentives when possible. We believe it is a basic right to be able to afford and access healthy food, and we invite EVERYONE to be part of our local food system. Read more about our Community Access programs.
A strong local food system with adequate supply and access to healthy food leads to healthy communities and stable economies. JOIN US in making this a reality.