Sharing Stories of Everyday Good

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This indoor greenhouse grows more than just vegetables

The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm located in Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, with a vision to catalyze a neighborhood-based food system in our community that is healthy, equitable, and resident-driven. We achieve this vision through three program areas: food production, distribution, and education.

One of our educational initiatives is Seed2Seed, an eight-week summer leadership program that empowers teens to be advocates for themselves and their community. Students go on field trips and participate in service learning projects to learn about growing and cooking healthy food.

In addition, students are challenged to think critically about difficult issues, such as structural oppression and food justice. Many students display incredible amounts of growth and progress through Seed2Seed, but one student, Maggie, particularly stood out as a success.

A building at sunset The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center in Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. (Photo: The GrowHaus)

Maggie came to Seed2Seed shy and lacking confidence, but quickly found her footing. She loved learning about cooking and growing food, and found she was able to form strong friendships with others in the program. Knowing the impact of Seed2Seed, Maggie returned to the program as a mentor the next year.

When asked why she came back, Maggie said, "I wanted to set an example for future mentors. I wanted to help other teens come out of their shell."

Seeing her growth and leadership, The GrowHaus nominated her for a Mayor’s Youth Award, given to youth who “overcome difficult situations by making positive changes and exhibiting strength and determination in the face of adversity.” In May of 2018, we were proud to see Maggie selected as one of the 20 who received the Mayor's Youth Award.

The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm in Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Their vision is to catalyze a neighborhood-based food system in their community that is healthy, equitable, and resident-driven.

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