About This Project:
Everyone deserves a healthy meal. But in some communities, healthy food simply isn’t available. The GrowHaus is a non-profit urban farm and education center in one such community – northeast Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. We grow food commercially using hydroponics and aquaponics, and reach over 1000 people of all ages and backgrounds annually through our educational programming.
This year we launched Mercado De Al Lado, our initiative to get fresh, affordable food to our neighbors at an affordable price. We’ve set up a donation-based farmstand and a weekly food box program that offers local and organic produce at Wal-Mart-beating prices. So far, things have been going great – we’re currently selling about 30 boxes every week, and new customers are coming in all the time.
But in order for Mercado De Al Lado to truly make a neighborhood-wide impact, we need your help to invest in its continued growth. In particular, we need to make the following improvements:
- better equipment to store and sort our food box ingredients
- more residents on our staff to help get their neighbors involved
- better marketing materials to spread the word far and wide.
With your help, this campaign will provide The GrowHaus with the necessary capital to take Mercado De Al Lado to the next level!
If our campaign succeeds, we'll have the means to let thousands more people know about our new program, particularly in Elyria-Swansea and Globeville. We'll be able to sort and store our food more efficiently, saving hundreds of dollars and many more hours of work. And we'll be providing economic and leadership opportunities to more residents in of our community.