CLOUD CITY FARM

The Cloud City Farm, Greenhouse and Living Classroom is at 440 McWethy Dr. in Leadville

The Mission of the Cloud City Farm is to address healthy food access challenges in Lake County and inspire stewardship of our natural resources through local food production, educational opportunities, and community engagement.

Market Days are:                                                                                    

Wednesdays 4-7pm Farm Members Only

Thursdays 4-7 pm at the Cloud City Farm

Saturdays 9am – 1pm  at the Leadville Community Market,  409 Harrison Ave, though September 22nd. (not at Farm these days)

Lake County SNAP participants can receive $10 vouchers for the Farm at the DHS office.

Community Composting

We have a composting facility at the Farm. Community members have two options for participating:

  1. Free Drop-off program
  2. Massive Scraps collection service, email: Samuel.frykholm@gmail.com or mtnshell@gmail.com

Information about our Growing Spaces Dome

Cloud City Farm Membership 2018 *Sold out for 2018*

C4 is excited to offer memberships for the first time in 2018! The structure will be evolving year to year and as we grow. Limited memberships are available!There will be a lottery for spaces.We will have 30 available in 2018, 10 at each of the 3 levels. No limits to Marigold supporting membership. Membership is limited to Lake County residents and available on a sliding scale to match members’ ability to contribute.

Members will have exclusive access to purchase Cloud City Farm produce and other Colorado grown products on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Market, located on the Farm. Farm Stand pick-up days will be: Mondays and Wednesday 4-7pm.

Membership Rates and Benefits

Benefits for all members:

  • Join a community of creative and passionate innovators who are trying to reinvent the local food system
  • Exclusive access to purchase fresh, local produce from the farm
  • Access to the farm stand for the duration of the 2018 season (at least 15 weeks)
  • Weekly Farm stand e-newsletter with harvest list, recipes, and tips
  • Entrance into numerous hands-on and informative workshops
  • Top of the list for membership in the following year.

Membership Details:

Becoming a member of the Cloud City Farm directly impacts the sustainability of local agriculture in Lake County. With your membership, not only do you get some great perks, but you are supporting a budding new way to feed residents of Lake County with the freshest local produce.

Snow Pea

3 hours of volunteer time and current enrollment in SNAP, free or reduced lunch qualification the previous school year, or Food Health enrollment. All personal information is for enrollment purposes only and will be kept confidential.

Carrot

$50 annual membership fee

Benefits beyond the above:

Hemp market bag with logo

 

Kale Sustaining Member

$100 annual membership fee

Benefits beyond the above:

Hemp market bag with logo

1 ticket to Fall Harvest Fundraiser

Sponsorship of one Snow Pea membership

Marigold Supporting Member

By donation

Be a supporter of the development of the Farm and ensure a healthy future!

Anyone can be a supporter, no limits on this membership.

You will NOT receive produce, but you will be kept in the loop!

Benefits:

Weekly Farm stand e-newsletter with harvest list, recipes, and tips

Entrance into numerous hands-on and informative workshops

Hemp market bag with logo

1 ticket to Fall Harvest Fundraiser

Working Membership: There are limited working memberships available for the Carrot Membership. Please contact Kendra at 719-293-5334 prior to signing up for more details.

 

HELP FUND THE FARM (Click Donate button on right side)

The Cloud City Farm will provide outstanding educational opportunities for our youth to become farmers, scientists and stewards of the Earth.

Our goal?  Raise $20,000 this year to complete the construction of an attached shed and gathering space, and build seasonal high tunnels for summer production

 

Who is supporting it? Over 100 Lake County residents have given money or volunteered on the project.  In addition, the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, Copper Environmental Foundation, the Freeport McMoRan Community Investment Fund, the Summit Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, and New Belgium Brewing have also given grants to support the project.

Donate your time, donate your money, donate your expertise to creating healthy, local food systems.

Why?

The LiveWell Leadville Community Food Access Assessment (2014) found that healthy foods are not adequately available and affordable to local residents.  Lake County is an unhealthy food “swamp” with not enough healthy food outlets.  Leadville and Lake County have only one grocer, and the estimated total weekly cost of groceries is 18% more expensive than the national average and 12-14% higher than surrounding counties, even those counties with markedly higher per-capita incomes.

Compounding these findings, in 2015, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) produced its County Health Rankings and placed Lake County 50 of the 60 ranked counties in Colorado.  One area of concern for the health and wellness of Lake County families was limited access to healthy foods and adequate physical activity, particularly for youth.

There are several negative byproducts of the lack of availability and affordability of fresh and organic vegetables.  The first is that fewer fresh nutritious vegetables are eaten, more unhealthy foods are eaten that also include chemicals, pesticides and preservatives, and ultimately health suffers.  The second is that food must travel farther, using more fossil fuels and be less nutritious and tasty when it arrives at our plate.  The third is that our residents and youth are further disconnected from the the act of growing food, and stewarding the earth as a part of this process.  We miss a first rate opportunity to take part in nature’s intricate web of ecology and grow our community’s self-sufficiency at the same time.

Our youth need to be prepared to grapple with complex environmental and social issues.  A strong foundation in science combined with prolonged first-hand experience with environmental processes and impacts, will be invaluable to this preparation.  Real changes in stewardship come about from strategies that are designed not just to increase knowledge, but to “give the learner a sense of involvement and ownership … (such as) hands-on learning activities, investigational approaches, out-of classroom experiences, and student directed learning” (National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, 2009).

Lake County School District administrators, teachers and staff have been excellent partners in the past several years in developing enrichment programs for youth that have a community sustainability focus.  The compost program has proven how well teachers and students respond to on-site STEM learning opportunities.  As a result of the compost initiative, Lake County School District teachers were the first to requested a greenhouse as a phase two of the project, so that students can be a part of the full cycle of nutrients, plant life, eating and decomposition.

Phase one of this project is to establish a greenhouse and farm, as well as on-site youth educational programs.  This will be a proof of concept that shows what effective growing looks like at high altitude.

Phase two will use this farm and greenhouse as an educational hub for our community to learn how to grow and become stewards of soil in any backyard, mobile home park or garden-box space.  Our ultimate goal is for every household to have the knowledge and ability to grow or purchase local, healthy fresh vegetables and for every student to have the ability to take part in growing.  We intend this project to lay the foundation for self-sufficiency and long term sustainability for our community.

 

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.