The Growhaus, in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood is changing Denver’s food system. Their mission, as stated on their website:
“The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Our vision is a world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves, and our mission is to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, production, education, and economic opportunity.”
The Growhaus offers the BEEs (Building Early Experiences) program for local children during the summer months. This free program offers opportunities for children to become familiar with food production and cooking. They have a wonderful outdoor play space with chickens, a garden, and a beehive. Each day the children help make lunch. They pick, cut, and prepare fresh food grown right there at the Growhaus. The families of the children that attend the program always have an open invitation to join them for a fresh lunch each day.
After learning about this program and the amazing benefits to the community, Kodo jumped at the chance to donate an Outdoor Magnet Wall. After working the the BEEs program director, Lori Ryan, to find the perfect space, two Kodo employees loaded up their cars with materials and headed down to Denver to install the Magnet Wall. The BEEs program was in full swing during the installation. The children were naturally curious about what these new materials were. They observed the installation process and were contagiously excited to begin using the Magnet Wall.
Jordan, Education Specialist, and Grey, Product Designer, stand with the installed Magnet Wall. Hooray!