During the pandemic, the Denver area farm decided to help grow its community.

Roberto Meza and Dave Demerling, co-founders of Emerald Gardens, have become a helping hand in this pandemic. Meza and Dave are college friends, and they turned a 35-acre farm outside Benett into a food business in 2018.

The farmhouse anchors greenhouse growing microgreens to sell to area restaurants and markets. Emerald Gardens lost their customers due to the covid-19, and all the productions vanished. The pair vowed not to close the farm and started altering business plans to prioritize self-reliance and offer help to communities and people in need.

They launched a gourmet mushroom growing operation, sugar moon mushroom, to complement their microgreens. They began working on supplying emergency food assistance programs. Meza and Dave also opened a food distribution warehouse in Montebello that could collect food from Colorado Farms. The Emerald Gardens has worked with various emergency food assistance programs in the pandemic.

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