Who needs dirt to grow veggies? The GrowHaus doesn’t, and it grows healthy, fresh produce primarily for the residents of Elyria-Swansea, a North Denver neighborhood.
Who needs dirt to grow veggies? The GrowHaus doesn’t, and it grows healthy, fresh produce primarily for the residents of Elyria-Swansea, a North Denver neighborhood. The GrowHaus, a charitable non-profit organization, has operated within the neighborhood since 2009. Its mission is “to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for urban agriculture, education, business development and job training.”
The GrowHaus has made a huge difference. The neighborhood’s nearest grocery store is about three miles away, making it difficult for the majority of people to get there. Instead, many locals resort to getting their food from closer convenience stores. With The GrowHaus near-by, the residents can get healthier foods more easily.
It grows the veggies in a very unique way compared to most places. Many of its plants are grown using aquaponics. Water pumped from a fish pool is used to irrigate and fertilize the leafy greens. When the water cycles back into the pool, it is once again clean for the fish. There is a hydroponics farm as well. Plants such as cilantro are grown in a water and fertilizer substance. Both the hydrofarm and aquaponics rooms grow leafy greens and other vegetables that are sold mostly to the community residents and restaurants.
This is not only an amazing, educational, and fun way to learn about hydroponics and aquaponics; it is a great way to give back to the community. The people giving the tour are knowledgeable, open to questions and are detailed in their explanations. People of all ages can enjoy this tour, and especially The GrowHaus’ benevolent mission. For more information and tour times please visit www.thegrowhaus.com.