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GrowHaus Offers Oasis of Produce in Inner City Denver


GrowHaus – An interactive urban farm and marketplace

CBS4 Denver
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

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.

See the CBS4 story here.

See the GrowHaus website here.

1 comment

1 Tawnya Sawyer { 08.14.12 at 6:01 pm }

We would love to update this original story with some new renovations underway at the GrowHaus.
A small local business, Colorado Aquaponics, is partnered with the GrowHaus an urban farm, marketplace and education center in a northwest Denver neighborhood, to turn a once abandoned building into a sustainable food production system using aquaponics. The system will grow fresh fish and highly nutritious vegetables for an area designated as a food desert. Aquaponics conserved water, produces zero waste and is planned to run on renewable energy sources. Once completed, the commercial scale aquaponics system will become a model for people from all over the world who desire local, chemical free food, and greater self-reliance. The Colorado Aquaponics system is being built in the next few weeks as greenhouse renovations are completed. We would love to provide a tour before the end of August to discuss this exciting project and what it means to the community and the greater Denver area.