Growing Dome Lifestyle


Vegan Fully Loaded Feel Better Pho

Fully Loaded Feel Better Vegan Pho I took a class with vegan chef Tess Challis to learn how to make this dish specifically, and I have simplified and streamlined it here for you. This is a comforting dish from a food culture that I incorporate into my everyday lifestyle.  The secret to making delicious vegan...

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Green Thumb Daddy`s Greenhouse

Stories From Growing Domes Across the Globe Andrew Trujillo – Green Thumb Daddy The Growing Spaces team often refers to Andrew as the face of Growing Dome Greenhouses. Although he doesn’t work for Growing Spaces, he is one of our biggest supporters and provides outstanding feedback, content and wonderful pictures on our social media channels....

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Help Grow A Dome for Food Insecure Communities

These non-profits are working to increase access to locally grown organic food in their communities There are many challenges facing our planet’s agricultural systems.  Climate change, pesticides, GMOs, over-farming, soil health, corporate agriculture among many others.  Food insecurity is also a major concern, as many communities do not have access to fresh, healthy organic food. ...

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Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie This pie requires just 10 ingredients, including the crust! You’d never ever, ever guess it was vegan or gluten-free. Seriously! Makes: 1 Pie (10 Slices)    Total Time: 2 hours What you need: INGREDIENTS: Crust 6 Tbsp cold vegan butter (or chilled coconut oil with varied results) 1 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour  1/4 tsp salt 4-6 Tbsp ice...

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December 2019 Tropical Flowers in New Mexico Mountain Greenhouse

Stories From Growing Domes Across the Globe Matt & Christie’s New Mexico Mountain Greenhouse is growing beautiful tropical flowers year-round If you are an avid user of the Growing Spaces Facebook Group “Growing Dome Enthusiasts”, then you are no doubt familiar with our December Growing Dome of the Month owner, Matt Larson.  He often posts...

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Tomatillo Green Chile Tamales

Tomatillo Green Chile Tamales It’s prime green chili season! If you live in the western united states, then you know all about green chilis. If you one of the few who does not let me give you a little insight. Pueblo Native Americans have cultivated chiles for centuries, but the modern renditions of the peppers...

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Pumpkin Squash Risotto

Pumpkin Squash Risotto  Harvest time is upon us for pumpkin and all varieties of squash in and out of the Growing Dome.  I love a nice warm comfort food as the leaves begin to change, the days get shorter, and the nights colder. Risotto is just that! Here is a recipe from my kitchen to...

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Greek Village Salad

Greek Village Salad  In honor of our Tomato plant of the month, our September Recipe is a Greek Village Salad. This recipe is my go-to for a quick and light meal that easily uses all the excess tomatoes we have at this time of year. Serves 1-2      Total Time: 10 min  What you need:...

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Cultivating Abundance

Cultivating abundance, both financially and in my garden, has been a long journey for me. When I first became interested in gardening I was convinced I needed to grow my own food because the economy was going to crash and I’d have to know how to be self sufficient in order to survive. This belief...

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Artichoke Salad

Artichoke Salad  In honor of our Artichoke plant of the month, our August Recipe is my family’s favorite Italian salad. It can be eaten alone or paired with homemade pasta for a healthy recipe. Serves 4-6      Total Time: 15min  What you need: SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 head red-leaf lettuce – chopped into bite-sized pieces1 head...

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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Tacos

Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Tacos Spice up your next taco night with food from your dome and an easy-to-follow recipe from Peppers and chickpeas combine with a spicy Buffalo sauce and a cooling drizzle of ranch in this flavorful take on traditional tacos. Serves 4 What you need: ⅓ cup hot sauce 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce 2...

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Nourishment During the Summer Solstice

Ways to nourish your body and your Growing Dome during the Summer Solstice  The Summer Solstice of 2019 is upon us, bringing with it a time of intensity physically, emotionally, and environmentally. As we all know, the Solstice marks the day of the year with the most hours of sunlight. On this day, that number...

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Sustaining Mental Wellness In Your Growing Dome® Greenhouse

Gardening Sustains Mental Wellness, While Providing Healthy, Nutritious Food… A Win-Win for You and Your Body Gardening in a Growing Dome is an invaluable method to improve and sustain mental and emotional wellness. Growing Domes are coveted, some would argue sacred, retreats to be with nature and one’s thoughts and emotions. At some point, however,...

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Growing Bananas at 60 Degrees North 

     Janet and I first met Bjorn Oliviusson in Fall 2012 when we arrived to help install the 33′ Growing Dome Greenhouse sold to the Royal Institution of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. As described in Bjorn’s post, it ended up at a school near the university, a pleasant setting, but late Fall in Stockholm the...

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Cloud City Farm: Growing the Impossible at 10,000 Feet

From Superfund Site to Community Gardens, Thriving High Altitude Farm and Year-Round Growing Dome Greenhouse With only 28 frost free days a year, and living 10,000 feet above sea level, they are growing what at first might seem impossible. Cloud City Conservation Center (c4) Cloud City Conservation Center (c4)  is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in...

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Mission: Wolf, Off Grid Greenhouse Gardening

Off Grid Greenhouse: Two Indoor Gardens at 9,000 ft. Elevation. Does off-grid gardening seem impossible? Mission: Wolf accomplishes mission impossible. Not one, but two, Growing Dome off-grid greenhouses at a staggering 9,000 ft.  Their secret… not green thumbs. Wolves. Mission: Wolf proves truly unique. The wolf sanctuary in Westcliffe, CO, serves not only as a...

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Pine River Garden Club: Growing Gardeners

Pine River Garden Club… Bayfield, CO Growing Gardeners and a Local Foodshed with a Growing Dome® at the Pine River Community Garden Instead of garlic from China and avocados from Mexico… The Pine River Garden Club cultivates their own local foodshed… Grows Gardeners… And shows you how to harvest what you thought wouldn’t grow here....

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7 Simple Secrets to Maintain Vibrant Health

  75 Year Old Ex-Dentist Reveals Effective No Cost Methods of Improving Health Naturally Following are 7 simple tips to maintain vibrant health… as given by this guy. And unless you’re brand new here, I bet you recognize our fearless leader… Udgar Parsons, the creator of the Growing Dome® and co-owner of Growing Spaces®. You’ve...

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One Healthy Snack Without The Burden Of Prep Time

One Healthy Snack You  Can Grab On The Go… Without The Burden Of Prep Time You like to eat. You want a healthy snack. You’re hungry… all the time. It’s the same for all of us. We’re all hungry all the time.  My kids are always asking for food… always on the prowl for the...

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The Gift of Food Security

What does food security mean to you? Does it mean that your food is grown organically without pesticides and hormones?  Does it mean that you know you will always have food on your table for your family because you can supply it yourself? Maybe it means you have grown enough food to collaborate with family...

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Our Sugared Lives

TOO MUCH SUGAR TOO MUCH SUGAR – This is all we hear in the news and in health magazines. Every news organization is reporting on Americans eating too much sugar. What does all this mean? How much is too much?  Most people think “eh, I don’t eat doughnuts and cookies so I should be OK”. ...

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Sowing Winter Crops in the Growing Dome

Sow your seeds in early fall to prepare for you Winter Garden: If you grow in a Growing Dome, greenhouse, or even want to try to extend your season in an outdoor garden, the time has come to sow seeds for fall and winter gardening. If you sow in late August to early September, your...

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Beneficial Insects

Gardening in a Growing Dome is rewarding. Upon entering the Growing Dome, we inflate our lungs with clean, fresh air, instantly melting away any fears or worries we had moments before. In this sanctuary we feed the fish, smell the blossoms, snack on some healthy treats along the way, and nourish the soil. Sowing seeds...

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Permaculture Convergence in Mancos, Colorado

Permaculture and Tending the Fires of Inspiration Permaculture isn’t really about chickens, swales, plants, energy, composting toilets, and buildings… …and this article isn’t really about permaculture. It is about how permaculture helps us design for beneficial relationships. Relationships which make the world a better place, regardless if it is between domestic fowl, comfrey, and pill...

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Assisted Living Greenhouse

Sunshine Gardens Senior Community Growing Food, Fine Dining, and The Power Of Gardening A fierceness springing from knowing what you want and possession of resolve to get it. He means business. He is the kind of guy you want on your side. Most people just call him Bob. The residents of Sunshine Gardens are lucky to have...

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Solar Power, Your Pocketbook, and the Environment

Solar Power Save Money, Combat Climate Change, and Power Ahead When the Rest of the World Grinds to a Halt The electricity went out. The lights flickered overhead…the computer shouted a loud Kapoof! and turned off completely. I turned it back on – not thinking much of it. A little later…lights flickered and another Kapoof!...

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Children’s Health Empowered By Growing Your Own Food

The Pizza Bed Regenerating Children’s Health By Growing Your Own Food And Regenerating A Culture Connected to The Soil Our kids are fat. I know that’s a shocking way to say it, and with a little license to be politically incorrect – it’s probably accurate. Sadly. And as for adults, the majority isn’t any better off....

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Community Gardens and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado “Growing your own food is a revolutionary act.” -Vandana Shiva Gardening is Revolutionary. Your garden is significant. Gardening creates a better world, bringing health to your body and health to the planet. It cultivates a quality of beauty that merits direct experience for full appreciation. Even a humble backyard...

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Growing Your Own vs Shopping

Growing Your Own vs Shopping Like Renting vs Owning And why a Growing Dome® is more Cost Effective Than my CSA Box. Bountiful Baskets are great. They keep my family of five stocked with quality fresh fruits and vegetables. The other day, while picking up our baskets at the local drop off site, the lady...

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Winter Gardening: Growing Spaces

Winter gardening. Can it really be productive? Well, how about 20 varieties of food plants at the beginning of January?  In the midst of a Rocky Mountain winter? Claudia Stover, a Growing Dome® owner of 10 years, had a visit this past weekend from Growing Spaces® owners, Puja and Udgar Parsons. In this video, Claudia...

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Exercise To Cultivate Wellness

We all know the importance of eating good food. And we all know the importance of exercise… ..but do you do it? Be honest. Do you get enough exercise? Do you have something in your life that keeps you consistently exercising 4 or 5 times a week? Now, I’m not talking about lifting weights, working...

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s greetings! What is this season? A time of turning … turning toward snowboots and scrapers and bundling up to scrape snow off the solar panels and help Udgar mount the plow.  The smell of wood smoke nurtures my sense of gratitude for our Rocky Mountain home and the outdoor life we get to live....

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Living in Gratitude this Season

As I begin this Newsletter greeting, I was just watching wild turkeys outside our window scratching for food. I always feel wonder that they return every year and surround our cabin with their good energy, reminding me of the pilgrims and Native American’s offering gratitude. I am preparing a surprise turkey dinner for a friend and...

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Growing Spaces, LLC. Joins Colorado Environmental Leadership Program

Pagosa Springs, CO – Growing Spaces of Pagosa Springs will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for achievement of Bronze tier environmental leadership by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. At the 15th annual Colorado Environmental Leadership Awards, Growing Spaces will join other Colorado companies officially...

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Peace as a practice taught through gardening

There is an intangible, but equally empowering peace that comes with the practice of growing our own food. Have you taken the time to understand where this peace comes from? In understanding the roots of this peace we can find ways to expand on it and move the practice over into other parts of our...

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It’s Earth Day

It’s Earth Day, and this is being celebrated in many places around the globe (see http://www.earthday.org ). In our own small town, the people of vision were out on a cold day in their booths giving away small trees to celebrate Earth Day. There were many examples of innovation and many contributions to the awareness...

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Replenish Your Garden’s Footprint

Let’s start out by first acknowledging that gardening is an inherently Earth-friendly activity. The basic acts of turning the soil, sowing seeds, watering, and nurturing the plants literally consists of acting in a loving, gentle and kind way toward the Earth. Gardening is also eco-friendly in less direct but as conspicuous ways. The most obvious...

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Proof that Gardening Gives a Natural Mood Lift

How many people do you know who are affected by depression, anxiety, stress or other emotional illness? Or maybe the better question is: Who do you know that is not affected? The pressures of today’s increasingly fast-paced, high-tech society that demands you know all things at all times and learn to do them all at...

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Keynote Address: Staying Centered in the Cyclone

One of our two favorite leaders of Growing Spaces, Puja Parsons, gave a beautiful keynote address to an audience of nearly 200 at the SW Colorado Women’s Small Business Conference in Durango, Colorado on July 13th. It was a bit of a new frontier for Puja because she had the opportunity to present how the...

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Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Comes into View

Last year we shared with you the vision for Pagosa Springs’ Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) and how this sustainable movement was poised to change our community in big and beautiful ways. We are excited to post an update with a rendering of the proposed project and an overview of the design. This is all really...

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Listen in on Positive About Pagosa

We have a great recording to share with you from an interview at the local KWUF Radio’s Positive About Pagosa radio show with Udgar Parsons, Growing Spaces LLC owner & founder. Udgar shares his journey of discovering Pagosa Springs, Colorado as the home for his family and his business  and how he came to create...

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We are Made in America

We spend a lot of time talking about our product and what it can do, next we highlight our vision of a sustainable world, and lastly we sometimes happen to mention who we are. The increasing attention paid to goods made in America has caused us to think back to who we are as a...

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Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase Presentation

If you missed it last month, we have it to share with you now! Puja Dhyan Parsons, Owner & CEO of Growing Spaces® LLC was one of 24 people representing her company in the Entrepreneur Showcase at the Slow Money National Gathering on October 13, 2011 in San Fransisco, CA. A hallmark of the Slow...

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Visioning the Balance

“For Puja and I, everything is connected, and we are ever awed by the complexity and beauty of the natural world. Offering a product which helps people enjoy and support this beauty and the bountiful ways of nature – while growing an abundance of food – is very fulfilling for us.” – Udgar Parsons, Co-Owner...

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Solar Powered Business

Did you realize that Growing Spaces is a solar powered business? The solar panels installed outside our workshop provide enough to run our shop and offices while leaving power left to send back into the grid. Our staff also participates in energy saving activities that help us make the most of the sun power we...

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A Worthy Journey: Putting youth gardening into perspective

As we celebrate the interest from children and young adults in growing organic food, we want to point to major influences over the last few years. I thank the efforts of Jamie Oliver, Will Allan, and Michelle Obama and many Moms and Dad’s who are convinced that learning “where food comes from” is the beginning...

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What About Farm-to-School for the Little Ones?

I am not very good at baking….there I admit it. I love to cook but have a mental block on baking. It is challenging, to say the least, with all of my food allergies. (Wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy!) So I gave it up long ago but in the recent months the need has come back...

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The Grassroots Global Web

Have you noticed how the off-grid, sustainable living movement is increasingly wired in? You can subscribe to @HomeGrownDOTorg on Twitter and like Solar Living on Facebook. How strange is the small farmer with his hands in the dirt one moment and his eyes trained on YouTube the next? How odd is the gardener who chooses...

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A Gateway to Sustainability

With so many innovative projects going on across the world today and so many ways to encounter the magic of communities coming together we have an endless supply of inspiration. Shifting our focus to this positive movement brings us to those who have opened the gateway to sustainability. One of our favorite stories comes from...

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Growing Organic Food in Urban USA

Living just 100 feet from the freeway, the Dervaes family lives a self-sufficient life in the middle of LA. They grow enough organic food on their 1/10 of an acre of available “farm” land on their 1/5 of an acre of property in Pasadena, to live year-round without going to the grocery store for food....

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Is Sugar Toxic?

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose...

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Michelle Obama and Growing Spaces – Working Toward a Common Goal

Today’s announcement that Michelle Obama is authoring a book on the importance of school, urban and community gardening is another example of the mind shift that is happening in the United States and across the globe. Her support of healthier, more self-sustaining lifestyles is directly in line with Growing Spaces vision. Growing Spaces was founded...

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Smoothie made from Garden Greenhouse Veggies

A delicious and nutritious smoothie right from the garden! Ingredients: 1/2 zucchini, peel and remove seeds 1/2 cucumber, peel and remove seeds 5 cherry tomatoes (this recipe uses yellow cherry tomatoes) 10 chunks of pineapple (this recipe uses frozen chunks) 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon honey Blend coarsely chopped vegetables, pineapple, water, and honey in...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thoughtby Puja Dhyan Parsons, Co-Owner of Growing Spaces As I am moved by the amazing colors of the harvest season here in the Rocky Mountains, it seems so appropriate to share why I feel so honored to have Shumei International® teachers arrive as our guests in teaching Natural Agriculture. We Americans were once...

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Shumei Natural Agriculture & Growing Spaces

“The principle of Natural Agriculture is an over-riding respect and concern for Nature,” stated Mokichi Okada in his book A Great Agricultural Revolution. This respect leads to minimum intervention in the growing processes. While many modern agricultural practices are based on a belief in the need to control and manipulate the growing process, Natural Agriculture...

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Greenhouse Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Our friends in Taos, New Mexico once published this recipe – we just couldn’t get enough of this yummy treat, and wish to pass it on to our fellow gardeners… (** as originally from friend of Yart, Janine N; Yart leaves out the ingredients with the asterisks) Chocolate Zucchini Cake Cream together: 1/2  Cup (**margarine)...

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How Growing Your Own Food Changes Your Life

Growing just one food-producing plant at home like tomato, belle pepper, strawberry, lettuce, snow peas, etc can do more than just save money otherwise spent at the grocery store. Whether you are a family of five, a one-person household, or a community of many, you can make a difference in how you live – today!...

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Green Living 101: Grow Your Own Food

Green Living 101: grow your own food in Colorado Worried about America’s addiction to oil?  Do you want to rely less on oil and live off the vegetables and fruits of your labor?   Want to grow your own organic food all year around, even in the dead of winter in the bitter Colorado Rocky Mountain...

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Recycling- 1.41 Oz. of trash created by Gardening Class

We are celebrating!! Growing Spaces hosted the first of this seasons four-part Gardening and Beyond class… In preparation for the event, we made a conscious decision to really eliminate the “normal” waste that is created by having such an event with 30 to 40 people. We used real glasses, cups, saucers , silverware and cloth...

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Promoting Positive Lifestyle Change

From Janice, (new decade) In an effort to promote positive lifestyle changes, I want to tell you about a company I work for called Growing Spaces.  The staff here is very excited to share our passion about the importance of our product, the Growing Dome greenhouse. Half of all Americans adults have a chronic illness...

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Growing Spaces conserves energy on a daily basis

See the list our office girls came up with of various steps we take to preserve precious resources: “Committed to being a truly Green Company” Reduce: Photovoltaic grid tie system: We sell electricity back to the grid. We may be the only off the grid manufacturing place in Pagosa Springs. We minimize our phantom loads...

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