The Greenhouse Project (in the Denver, CO metro area) is my idea before it comes to fruition. I initially got the idea when I saw energy prices go sky high and food prices went up too. It was becoming hard to afford healthy food. Then I came across Growing Power in Milwaukee, WI which is able to produce an enormous amount of food in not much space. The light bulb went on for me. The idea is that it will be a solar greenhouse run cooperatively growing organic food commercially. You see an employee run business does much better overall and so that is why I chose this model.
All greenhouses are technically solar, but a solar greenhouse is specifically designed to use as little, if any, fossil fuels to keep warm in winter or cool in the summer. Beyond using the sun the greenhouse can get its warmth from livestock (rabbits or chicken), have hydroponics and aquaponics which act as a heat sink, produce methane, heat from composting, and a biomass masonry fireplace. All together, and some innovative measures, will keep the greenhouse warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Besides growing food the greenhouse could also support other cottage industries, like processing raw fiber into thread or yarn, make cloths, blankets, and other products. One product would be producing paper from non-wood sources. The project could also sell eggs, honey, and bees wax along with fruits, vegetables, and fish.
Once the first greenhouse is build and operational, and the bugs have been worked out to where everything is running fairly smoothly it will be time to start building more. The idea I have is to put them where people are so they don’t have to go far for healthy organic food and sell it at an affordable price as possible without going bankrupt. Yes, some of the food can also be given away to soup kitchen, homeless shelters, food distribution center and so forth – but that will take time and effort to get to that point where we can produce more than enough.
I started a Facebook page some time ago – go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/287111137982805/
Grow something to eat.