For Immediate Release
Award-Winning Colorado Greenhouse Company Celebrates 25 Years of Product Innovation and Ethical Business Practices
PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO., March 6, 2014 — Growing Spaces, LLC, a Colorado greenhouse company is celebrating 25 years in business. Since 1989 the company has been designing and manufacturing the award-winning Growing Dome® geodesic greenhouse kit that utilizes renewable energy, while creating quality jobs and bringing business to Southwest Colorado.
25 years ago, after working on concepts developed by Buckminster Fuller at the Windstar Foundation in Aspen, CO, Michael Udgar Parsons was inspired to found Growing Spaces. His aim was to develop a greenhouse that could thrive even in the deep wilderness and cold winters of the Rocky Mountains. He soon realized that his product and company could become agents for positive change in the world. Years later his legacy continues on while following a sustainable business model that focuses on being an ethical, responsible company that strives to take care of the planet as much as its own employees.
Long thought to be “ahead of its time,” Growing Spaces and its greenhouses have become a platform for teaching and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle for people in all 50 states and 13 countries around the world. Empowering their customers to grow their own fresh, organic foods year-round also encourages a greater harmony with the Earth’s natural systems – a focal point of the company’s values based culture.
CEO and co-founder, Puja Dhyan Parsons, shares her excitement both in the accomplishment of the past and in what the future holds, “Although we have been around for 25 years, we feel the time is NOW to embrace innovative thinking that can return our world and our lives to a natural balance and healthy sense of wholeness. We encourage a life that thrives on all levels, and hope that we contribute to that end with our product, our caring for our customer, and our planet as well as our educational programs of support for those who buy from us.”
Both the company and geodesic greenhouse’s success have been recognized with multiple awards and recognition over the years:
- Green Colorado Award by ColoradoBIZ Magazine
- Bronze Tier Environmental Leadership by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Colorado Companies to Watch Award in 2010 by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
- 4-time winner of the Top Company Green Award for Pagosa Springs and were a finalist for the Colorado Ethics award
Over the years, Growing Spaces’ has had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of fantastic organizations including Make a Wish Foundation, Jamie Oliver’s American Road Show, The Boys and Girls Club of America, Solar Living Institute and the Rodale Institute.
The Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden at the world renowned Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, was created seven years ago to showcase natural agricultural principles. Eileen Weinsteiger, Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden Manager spoke of how imperative this unique greenhouse was to their success, “We wanted a greenhouse that supported sustainability, efficiency, art, beauty, the Rodale mission and the Shumei philosophy. Growing Spaces geodesic domes fulfilled our mission, greenhouse needs and provided an educational element for visitors to our demonstration gardens. The dome design is new to many visitors so they have the opportunity to see firsthand the wonderful attributes of the Growing Dome.”
One of our favortie Growing Domes is located at the Pine River Library in Bayfield, CO. They were also named the Best Small Library in America by the Library Journal.
Students from Telluride Middle School dubbed “Telluride Grow Dome Girls” got 2nd place in the State Championships of Destination Imagination with their project “From Brownies to Broccoli in the Greenhouse“. They showed how teaching students about eating healthy and how food is grown using their Growing Dome greenhouse as a platform can help childhood obesity and decrease early onset diabetes.
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