Seeds of change: A circle of sustainability thrives at the GrowHaus

Trays of baby greens bask in the GrowHaus.

GrowHaus hopes to be selling fresh produce and other local goods from other distributors to the neighborhood from an outdoor stand later this summer, and the facility's total plan for growth is still in the works, with thousands of square feet still either empty or in the early stages of development. And the bottom line for GrowHaus is this: That two-fold plan, which aims to grow both the fund-raising Hydrofarm and the community-driven Growasis demonstration farm, will cost a lot of money.

The first stages of a sustainable heating/cooling system for the second phase.
Moolah doesn't grow in aquaponic beds, and that's why GrowHaus threw its hat into the ring to enter the Maxwell House Drops of Good Contest, a national competition using online voting to determine five winning community-building centers, each of which will be awarded a $50,000 grant. GrowHaus won one of the ten slots on the strength of this plea:

Convinced? Help the GrowHaus grow by casting your vote; you can vote once daily, through June 17. Spread the word!


In the meantime, GrowHaus, located at 4751 York Street, offers weekly tours on Fridays at 10 a.m.; admission is a $5 donation.
Francis Meru, an urban farmer and community activist from Nairobi, Kenya, working at GrowHaus as part of a Bold Food Fellowship exchange program.

César Chávez graces this mural by Joshua Mays on the west side of GrowHaus.

And Tracy Weil, who rents space in the Growhaus to grow his Heirloom Tomato Farms seedlings, painted this mural inside.

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