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Published on November 12th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley


The GrowHaus uses Aquaponics for Sustainable, Community Redevelopment

As cities are being replanned and redeveloped, urban farming is becoming a large, functional and sustainable part of those new plans. Part of that food production is aquaponics which is being used to grow healthy, natural food as discussed in Aquaponics Tomatoes and Aquaponics as a Sustainable Food Alternative.

It is a cycle based on plants, fish and fertilizer that creates a growing, greenhouse ecosystem. The system uses only 10 percent of traditional landscaping water amounts.

Aquaponics is being used in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea’s neighborhood in the non-profit urban indoor farm and market of The GrowHaus. The area it is designed in is called the ‘food desert’ because of its lack of grocery stores or places to get fresh ingredients.

Aquaponic Ecosystem

The GrowHaus’ mission is, ‘to grow healthy community through food access, productions and education.’

It is based in an old 20,000 square foot greenhouse that was purchased in 2009 for renovation. Its core values are:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Economic sustainability

They offer growing and cooking classes to the community and to kids so that they get the full experience of growing, harvesting and cooking healthy, sustainable food. They also offer ongoing service learning, educational classes and 3-month internships to continue the growth of the community.

The GrowHaus is a great community plan that encourages smart sustainable growth and involvement. It is one small stepping stone in the right direction of new and much needed urban re-developmental plans with the use of new technological sustainable systems such as aquaponics.

Resources: Aquaponics as a sustainable food alternative, Aquaponics Tomatoes, Colorado Aquaponics and The GrowHaus

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About the Author

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.

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