Strengthening the Local Food System since 2014!
We believe that by sharing knowledge with and between everyone in our community including aspiring and beginning farmers, community members, food system professionals, and others; individuals can stay informed, deepen their personal learning and growth, and engage in the local food system.
We believe that racial, social, and economic equity is fundamental to a strong local food system and healthy community. We support the just and equitable distribution of and access to healthy food, resources, and opportunities. GoFarm is committed to programming that culturally and linguistically responsive to the communities we serve.
We honor the charitable intentions of our donors, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and ethics.
We value collaboration, inclusivity, and community partnerships. We bring together different voices within the local food system to build connections, respond to community needs, and ensure a positive impact in the community.
We believe that we have a responsibility to protect, preserve, and replenish the earth. We support regenerative and sustainable farming and business practices.
Timeline of GoFarm's Growth
2015 - Local Food Share and Community Food Access Programs Launch
The first Local Food Share location (aka, the first GoFarm refrigerated shipping container) opened at the Historic Golden Mill in Downtown Golden. We had about 100 shareholders that first season.
The Community Food Access program also launched, and focused on increasing access and affordability of fresh produce among segments of the population at risk for hunger and food insecurity; low-income families with young children, and low-income seniors. The two initiatives aimed at helping these populations were GoFarm to Families and GoFarm to Seniors, where we partnered with senior centers, Head Starts, and other pre-schools in Jefferson County.
2016 - Local Food Share Opens Second Distribution in Golden
The Local Food Share had such great momentum, that we expanded another location in order to increase access to local, sustainable food for more people! We opened our second location in the Centura Health parking lot (750 Warner Dr.) in Golden.
2017 - GoFarm Incubator Pilot Program Launched
After much planning and research, we launched our Farm Incubator Pilot Program, aimed to support more beginning and aspiring farmers as they develop their farming careers. The pilot involved 1 beginning farmer (Sean Conway with Micro Farms) and 1 plot of land. The pilot offered mentorship, valuable farming resources, and helped break down their barriers of entry into the farming industry.
2018 - Local Food Share opens in Arvada ; Community Food Access Markets Expand
With support from the community and our partnership with Centura Health, we opened a third Local Food Share location in West Arvada on another Centura Health Property.
We also grew our Community Food Access program, operating 8 regular low-cost food markets across Jefferson County. Each market is structured differently to accommodate the specific needs of each community. Our largest market is held weekly at the Arvada Head Start.
2018 - GoFarm Incubator Program Expands
After being awarded a grant from the USDA, we expanded our GoFarm Incubator program in partnership with CSU Extension, Jefferson Conservation District, and Denver Botanic Gardens. During the first year, we on-boarded 3 farmer apprentices, 3 externs, and 2 Summer interns and provided them with farm plots, farming resources, on-site training and related coursework. The incubator program is a kick-starter for beginning farmers to help them create and operate sustainable farming businesses of their own.
2019 - Local Food Share opens in Evergreen; Community Food Access Program Expands
We opened our fourth Local Food Share location in Evergreen and are ecstatic to offer fresh, local food to a mountain community!
We have continued to grow our Community Food Access program with the help of our wonderful community partners. We operated weekly markets at 3 locations within Jefferson County, collaborated with multiple partners every week to coordinate food donations, and increased our educational programming. We placed a refrigerated shipping container at the Arvada Head Start to help us conduct our weekly markets. We also made our Local Food Share program more affordable to more community members by working with more SNAP, DUFB, WIC, and discount share shareholders.