Ekar is Denver’s communal urban farm inspired by Jewish values.
We work to build community, provide experiential and environmental education,
And grow sustainably produced fruits and vegetables, expanding access to those in need.
Founded in 2009,
Ekar was started with the hopes of Returning People to the Soil.
And, although we recognized and applauded the many improvements to the purchasing cycle – from increased organic options at the grocery store to Community Supported Agriculture,
Ekar wanted to do something different.
We wanted to turn the Consumer into the Grower.
We wanted to Get folks dirty.
But our thinking at Ekar went beyond getting folks dirty, getting folks engaged
We set our sights on addressing much larger Food Justice issues.
On getting folks engaged in Growing food for others.
On getting folks engaged together in growing organic food for those without access.
Ekar has engaged 1,000 community volunteers in growing 25,000 pounds of urban organic vegetables. We’ve donated 85% of these vegetables (a market value of $95,000) to the Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry, SAME Café and other food relief agencies – feeding 2,500 people a month during our harvest season.