Village Farms

at Stanley Marketplace
The Village Farm provided 2,400 lbs of fresh and culturally-relevant produce to families in need this year, while also serving as a gathering space for cultural exchange, education, and celebration. Our Immersion Farming Training program graduated 27 individuals in 2021, providing workforce development training opportunities for newcomers to northwest Aurora neighborhoods.

Now accepting applications for the Urban Farming Immersion program!

Learn how to grow food, work as a team, sell produce, and care for a 1-acre urban farm. Training will include in-depth lessons, hands-on experience, guest instructors, and field trips to local farms and businesses. The goal of our urban farm is to increase access to organic, local, and culturally relevant produce, provide educational opportunities for youth and adults around food and farming, support career development in these areas, and celebrate and uplift the diversity of food and farming traditions present in our Northwest Aurora community.  

The emphasis of the training is not only learning how to grow organic food and how to distribute it in an equitable way, but also focuses on how we grow that food in order to strengthen relationships and widen our community. Team building and personal/professional development will be at the core of our process together, and we will work to co-create an environment that is inclusive, challenging, and fun.  

 

How to Apply: Submit an online application here. If you have questions, please contact Mikhaela by calling (402)613-7042 or by emailing mikhaela@villageexchangecenter.org. For Spanish speakers, please contact Alex by calling (720)326-5868 or by emailing alex@villageexchangecenter.org

Como Inscribirse: Envíe una solicitud en línea aquí. Comuníquese con Alex al (720)326-5868 o enviando un correo electrónico a alex@villageexchangecenter.org

VEC launched the Farm during the pandemic to promote economic development while tackling food insecurity. Located on a one-acre site a mile from our building, the Farm is a green jewel in urban Aurora. Situated atop a “brownfield” (a former industrial site where future use is affected by environmental contamination), the above-ground garden beds provide space where Aurora’s immigrant and refugee communities can grow food and community.

VEC believes that food and farming can be vehicles for social change.  The Village Farm increases access to fresh and culturally-relevant produce while serving as a gathering space for cultural exchange, education, and celebration. The Farm transcends socio-economic, geographic, and cultural differences to connect diverse communities to each other and the natural environment while promoting food security for low-income immigrants and refugees in northwest Aurora.

 

Qualifying Gifts to Village Farm are Eligible for a

Generous Tax Credit

Our Village Farm is part of an Enterprise Zone, designated by the State of Colorado to encourage economic growth. Colorado residents who make qualifying gifts to VEC are eligible for a generous tax credit of up to 25% to use against their state income tax if giving an outright gift of cash, or 12.5% for gifts of appreciated assets, such as stocks and securities.