GrowHaus Offers Oasis of Produce in Inner City Denver
GrowHaus – An interactive urban farm and marketplace
July 29, 2011
From the farm website:
Our growing operations are separated into two spaces: the Hydrofarm is a commercial facility designed to maximize yield for our neighbors and generate earned income, while Growasis is a demonstration farm for education and food security.
Growasis is our hands-on demonstration farm where we host year-round public workshops, service learning events, and community programming. Growasis currently consists of 1,000 square feet in a corner of our greenhouse, where we have been able to perform basic renovations. It contains the following elements:
Two aquaponics systems, where we raise fish and plants together in a recirculating high-yield setup
Commercial production of microgreens, young plants that are high in nutrition and flavor
Community plots for residents of Elyria-Swansea to grow produce year-round
A large-scale vermicomposting system to process newspapers, food scraps, and other organic waste into high-quality worm castings
Seasonally-available space rental for third parties to grow seedlings and other edible plants
Over the next year, we will be conducting a community-led design process and renovating a further 6,000 square feet of our facilities to greatly expand the capacity of Growasis Farm. Once complete, this space will include a “living classroom” with teaching kitchen, tropical perennial plants, additional community growing space, and more.