US (CO): Community greenhouse grows food for vets

Based in Wheatridge, Colorado, The Redistribution Center serves veterans in need by providing them with vital items like clothing, furniture, school supplies.

In 2016, they added a Ceres energy-efficient greenhouse to their fold, allowing them to grow fresh local food for veterans year-round. The commercial greenhouse kit grows a portion of veterans’ meals. Moreover, it serves as a place where veterans can volunteer, learn, and apply their skills.

Founders Ranya and Byron Kelly built the greenhouse to serve as a model for vets, enabling them to live more self-sufficiently and independently by growing their own food. “Many veterans would prefer to live outside of the more populated areas and we believe that the Ceres greenhouse could be a model for what is possible for them to use even on property that is off grid.”

Though in its first year, the energy-efficient commercial greenhouse is off to a good start: “It was down to about 17 F this morning, but the greenhouse was perhaps 50F,” says Byron.

Now Colorado veterans have greater access to fresh, local food as well as a resilient community.

For more information:
Ceres Greenhouse Solutions
4760 Walnut St., Suite 106
Boulder, Colorado 80301

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