Greensgrow is a nationally recognized leader in urban farming and is open to the public year round. Green roofs on composting toilets, washing machines stripped down to spin-dry lettuce, honey bees perched on top of a biodiesel shed, a neighborhood lawn replaced with an heirloom tomato garden, plants grown to measure lead uptake, Milkshake the pig, an abandoned house turned office space, an unused church kitchen turned small food business incubator, Santa Klaus and a deck made from old pallets and water bottles. A laundry list of crazy ideas? Yes. And a day in the life of Greensgrow.
To learn more about Greensgrow, its history and its impact, watch the video interview below from the Giving Library.
One thing that is for certain. There is no typical day at Greensgrow. We have never accepted the idea that “that’s just the way things are”. Instead we believe that’s there’s a way things could be and that we can make them happen if we’re willing to work hard enough, laugh loud enough and be open enough to learn from our mistakes. At the Greensgrow Idea Farm we vet notions, potions, concepts, initiatives and dreams. We send them into our pipeline for trials and testing. That pipeline has given birth to our CSA, the Community Kitchen and other projects resulting in permanent jobs and sustainable income which in turn allows us to start new projects.
We borrow existing ideas and make them uniquely our own and happily share them with you. Rethinking land, abandoned space, ideas, oil barrels, PVC, tools and trash is what we do. Veggie waste composts into fertilizer, a shipping container grew into a garden center retail and rain gutters find a life as a farm. Everything we own from our 6000 square foot greenhouse to our mobile market trucks has come from a previous owner. Because we have never over capitalized on equipment we have been free to change things up. Everything we buy goes through a stringent cost benefit analysis to prove that it can be used at an optimal level. Some people call this cheap, we call it smart.
Everything is recyclable, by someone.
This year our low income CSA, the SNAP Box program, recruited 75 households to use their food stamp payments for subsidized weekly produce baskets. Each week SNAP members received information on how to make the most of their share, including recipes, nutrition, preparation and storage tips. Your commitment to our annual appeal will allow us to continue to grow this program with proper educational materials, knowledgeable staff and quality local produce. Consider the impact your giving dollars can have.