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Growing food justice in Denver

 Denver VOICE - USA 24 March 2019

The Elyria Swansea neighborhood in Denver has been named as one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Colorado, USA, by the Environmental Protection Agency. The area is also an urban food desert, with the nearest supermarket some miles away. However, a non-profit project called GrowHaus is helping to feed the community by growing fresh vegetables uncontaminated by the industrial refineries and plants that crowd the area. It is one of many new organizations springing up in Denver to fight food insecurity. Lara Herrington Watson writes for the Denver VOICE. (3056 Words) - By Lara Herrington Watson

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GrowHaus a green haven in Denver’s Elyria Swansea, where the highway and industry dominate over fresh food and green space. Photo: Kevin Lowry

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Denver’s Elyria Swansea is one of the most polluted neighborhoods in Colorado, according to the EPA, due to its proximity to the highway and plants like the Purina Factory. Photo: Kevin Lowry

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GrowHaus produces lettuce and herbs through hydroponics and aquaponic systems. It sells 60 to 70 percent of its produce and sets aside the rest for their community food program.Photo: Kevin Lowry


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