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About this project

Help us bring living food to over 500 families, year-round, using 90% less water and land than traditional agriculture, while growing 10 times the yield. This working greenhouse and vertical farm will also serve as an urban Ag showcase for educational tours and events for the community, and as a training center for Veterans, creating the next generation of farmers.

This area is considered a food desert. Many of the residents are low-income. By accepting SNAP benefits, we will be providing healthy food access for all. 

From Vacant Lot to Year-Round Food Production
From Vacant Lot to Year-Round Food Production

The National Training Center Greenhouse will be 10,000 square feet and will contain 400 vertical growing towers. It is set for construction on a vacant city block in Downtown Denver as part of a neighborhood redevelopment plan, in partnership with the Denver Housing Authority. We also have strong support of Denver's Mayor, Michael Hancock. 

Drawing of the National Training Center Greenhouse
Drawing of the National Training Center Greenhouse

This greenhouse will serve as a training center for our next generation of farmers, where they'll learn the most sustainable way to grow food: vertically, using aeroponics and hydroponics. The food grown here will be sold directly to the community within a 3-5 mile radius of the greenhouse, providing fresh, clean, local produce year-round. We'll be growing all kinds of hearty greens and lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, herbs, microgreens, and strawberries!

Vertical Towers
Vertical Towers

Why is local food so important? 

Once harvested, fruits and veggies immediately start losing their nutrients. And because most produce is now shipped from all over the country, vegetables get picked before ripe so that they can withstand travel time, meaning further nutrient loss. Veterans to Farmer's CSA Members will be receiving their produce hours after harvest, with the roots still on; this living food will have no nutrient loss at all.  

By selling the food to the community within a 3-5 mile radius of our greenhouse, our Veteran Farmers will be the solution to improving our current food system, where the US has become a net importer of fresh fruits and vegetables, and we are dead last of all industrialized nations in greenhouse farming. Plus, we're creating huge resource savings, not only from our vertical growing methods, but also from our limited packaging and shipping needs.

Veterans to Farmers has raised $130,000 from the Denver Foundation, CoBank and the Gates Family Foundation. Now we want to get YOU involved! We'll use your $50,000 to begin construction on our greenhouse, making you a true participant in a cleaner, more sustainable food system!

And don't worry, if we are fortunate to raise more than our goal, we can purchase our vertical growing towers sooner rather than later, turning our Veterans into Farmers, and providing local veggies to the community during winter in Denver! So we'd LOVE to go over our goal - please help!

Grow Up, LLC
Grow Up, LLC

 Please visit www.veteranstofarmers.org to view our full-length video!

Risks and challenges

Once funded, as with any project, we could run into a few snags and setbacks. One of these snags could be the redevelopment plan for the entire area: just because we're ready doesn't mean our collaborators who are developing the rest of the space will be. Another problem could be the weather. If snow is falling in Denver, there could be delays in construction.

Luckily, we're in talks with many developers who would be interested in a greenhouse on their grounds, so even if something were to fall through, we're making sure to have back-up plans!

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    Receive a monthly recipe selected by one of our Veterans in training!

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    We'll print your name on a dog tag and hang it from a wall in our greenhouse so we never forget all the wonderful people who helped us get started!

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    Come take a tour of our greenhouse and we'll give you a bag of living veggies to take home! Plus, get your name on our dog tag wall!

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    Purchase a bag of living veggies for two families in need and your name on our dog tag wall!

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    Receive a beautiful Chevron, fair-trade necklace from Threads Worldwide and your name on our dog tag wall!

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    Come take a tour of our greenhouse and we'll give you a bag of living veggies to take home, and your name on our dog tag wall! Plus, we'll provide a bag of living veggies for two families in need!

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    Receive all of the above and 1 VIP ticket to the Veterans to Farmers launch party!

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    Receive all of the above, and dedicate one vertical growing tower as a MEMORIAL TOWER to a Veteran. We will honor and pay tribute to them with their photo, name and bio permanently attached to a MEMORIAL TOWER.

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    Receive all of the above and a month long subscription to our CSA program!

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    Receive all of the above, plus your own vertical growing tower to use at home and a private lesson on tower assembly and best growing practices!

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    Receive all of the above, plus sponsor a veteran in our 12-week training program at the National Training Center Greenhouse.

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Funding period

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