Growing Dome Sustainability


Dream Greenhouse

The Elder's, Jerilyn, Jay, Maddog, and Samantha, got their 33' Growing Dome with the hopes of generating enough food for themselves and others in the community. In just a year, their Dome has become so much more than a year-round gardening space. The Dome has acted as a getaway location for the entire family during the pandemic. Jerilyn called the expanse "the perfect place to slow down and veg out." It is truly their dream greenhouse garden getaway.

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Sustainable Greenhouse

Michael and Susan are both educators committed to making the world a better place whenever they can. In June of 2013, they purchased an 18' Growing Dome. Their dream was to create a sustainable greenhouse that balances natural and man-made environments while growing food year-round.

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5 Charities Fighting Food Insecurity

We wanted to take a moment and show our appreciation to five outstanding non-profit charities that are actively fighting food insecurity. Navajo Nation, Mattersville Vets, Urban Growers Initiative, GoFarm Coop, and the Food Coalition 4 Archuleta County and the GGP are all working to improve the health and nutrition of the people in their respective communities. See what Growing Spaces is doing to support these great causes, and learn how you can help. We are also excited to announce a new Urban Community Garden Grant opportunity for 2021!

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Reflections on Retirement

Udgar and I founded Growing Spaces in 1989. The process of selling it was like looking for the right partner to pass on the baton in an exciting marathon. Preparing for that moment took extra energy. Our team had become our community as we developed the agility together to master all the moving parts of an evolving company. After retiring, we decided to travel in order to mark the change and to distance ourselves from our results-driven habits.

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Off The Vine

Optimize micronutrients by eating fruits and vegetables immediately after harvest. There are so many benefits to eating vegetables fresh from the earth. Taste, nutritional value and saving trips to the grocery store. Food travels hundreds, if not thousands, of miles before it makes it to the grocery store shelves and loses critical nutrients along the way.

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Cleaning Greenhouse Panels

Winter or early Spring is a great time to clean your panels as vegetation is generally reduced, allowing easy access to the polycarbonate surfaces. According to Claudia Stover, long-time Growing Spaces dome owner and greenhouse gardening teacher, not only does regular cleaning of the polycarbonate panels increase the sanitation of the greenhouse but “keeping the dome panels clear of pollen and plant debris also helps reduce disease and pest pressure on your plants.”

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Greenhouse Farming in Golden, CO

Growing Spaces is pleased to announce a partnership with GoFarm, Community Supported Agriculture, in Golden, CO. Growing Spaces has donated the use of a 26' Growing Dome Greenhouse for GoFarm's Farmer Incubator Program. The construction of the greenhouse was finished in August 2019 by a wonderful group of local volunteers, and the dome is being farmed by GoFarm Incubator apprentice Shannon Harker. Shannon will gain valuable experience with greenhouse farming and the City of Golden will gain a new, hyper-local food source. The greenhouse uses sustainable and renewable energy technologies and helps extend the short Colorado growing season and provide fresh produce for the community year-round.

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Floating Plants

Floating Island Plants for your Pond Maintaining a healthy water tank in our domes depends on numerous factors. One of the most common questions we are asked pertains to controlling the algae growth in the water tank. Why do I have more algae in the winter? It is important to understand that algae develop primarily...

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Attracting Bees to your Greenhouse

Will Bees Help Your Greenhouse? Attracting bees to your greenhouse will certainly encourage ample harvests. New greenhouses don’t always get discovered by local pollinators, which might leave the gardener empty-handed, or with much less produce than anticipated when it comes time to harvest. It is the job of the gardener to help pollinators find the...

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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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The Innate Value of Seed Saving

Seed saving as a means to restore and promote the regenerative agricultural movement Seed saving has saved my relationship with the land. A few years into my gardening journey I felt helpless as to how my work was impacting the environment. Sure, I was growing my own produce, lowering my carbon footprint, and sharing an...

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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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Redefining Independence

Reflections on Local Resiliency & Global Sustainability Independence Day begs us to ask some of the most critical questions of the century in regards to local and global sustainability. Such questions demand that the rising leaders in sustainability choose a path that honors the freedoms the Constitution deems important. One of these freedoms speaks to...

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Mountain Goat Lodge Bed and Breakfast

Mountain Goats Call Bed and Breakfast Home A Bed and Breakfast Complete with Goats and a Growing Dome® Mountain Goat Lodge might be the most unique bed and breakfast you’ve ever seen. Outside Salida, Colorado, on a stretch of Highway 285, lives a goat sanctuary disguised as a Bed and Breakfast. Mountain Goat Lodge: Bed...

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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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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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Growing Domes featured on episode of Living Big in a Tiny House

Off-Grid Tiny House Paradise in British Columbia, Canada grows year-round with three 42-foot Geodesic Dome Greenhouses This episode of Living Big in a Tiny House features the ultimate tiny house off-grid paradise, complete with three 42-foot Growing Spaces Growing Domes! Situated on 380 acres of spectacular lake-front property in BC with private hot-springs and abundant...

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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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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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Notes from Puja: Reflections During Strawberry Moon

She just flew up to the window as if to say “Are you Awake now?” I am slowing getting there. Attempting to summarize my thoughts, my woodpecker friend evokes the question by testing various surfaces on our log cabin home. What to say? I’m in a reflective mood. In this record heat, all I can...

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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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Return of the Light: Back to the Garden

As I consider the “Return of the Light” as signified by the Spring Equinox, Easter and even the Lunar Eclipse this week, I have to say… “It is welcome!” I have been very moved by the troubles we see and hear about globally, as we enter the next season. Growing Spaces® mission “to help personal...

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Winter Solstice: The Turning Of The Light

The Winter Solstice: A time to celebrate, a time of re-affirmation, and a time of courage. In the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the Winter Solstice, and the shortest day of the year. Although winter is the season of dormancy, darkness and cold, the December Solstice marks the “turning of the Sun.” The days slowly...

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Littleton Academy and Annie’s Pond

In 2014 the fine folks at Littleton Academy, in Littleton CO, were awarded the Growing Spaces In-Kind Grant Award. The mission of their project, in their own words: “to create an environmentally efficient and sustainable greenhouse which can be funded after inception by the revenue generated from the selling of seeds, flowers for Mother’s day,...

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Growing Spaces 2015 Grant Award Announcement

  Growing Spaces is proud to announce this year’s grant recipients. We had several applicants this season, which made the decision quite difficult. By weighing several different factors, such as the quality and details provided in the application, we arrived at a conclusion. We also considered the number of people that would be affected by...

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Growing Dome Greenhouse Temperature Monitoring: Episode 7

Just over a week ago, Pagosa Springs received some much needed snow. Overnight, more than a foot of wet snow blanketed trees and mountains surrounding our little town. It’s unusual for Colorado to receive such wet, heavy snow, and much of the town actually shut down for a snow day! Although county employees and teachers...

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Snow and the 2015 Harvest Tracker: Episode 6

The Snow and Cold are Here! Until a few weeks ago, the Growing Spaces team and all of Pagosa Springs, CO was still waiting for our first big winter snow. Impatience for this important seasonal event ended just a few days before the Christmas holiday when the clouds finally dumped a good amount of fluffy...

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Winter Vegetable Harvest: Episode 5

It’s winter vegetable harvest time, and we hope to make it a holiday tradition. The long awaited snow and winter cold has finally arrived in Southwest Colorado, but our lush garden in the 15′ Growing Dome continues to produce yummy, nutrient-rich greens. The longer season crops we planted in October are also coming along nicely,...

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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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Breaking the Mold

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that grow best in warm, humid environments. Most fungi reproduce and spread via spores. Spores emerge from fruiting bodies of fungi and are most commonly dispersed via breeze or transported by water. Much like plant seeds, spores can survive environmental conditions that aren’t conducive to fungi growth,...

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Thinning Vegetable Crops: Episode 4

Welcome back to the 15′ Growing Dome! We are glad you’ve decided to join us again.  Following along with our project will continue to provide you with valuable gardening tips and information, as well as show how, really, anyone can grow fresh, nutritious food in a Growing Dome, all year round! Thinning vegetable crops is...

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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 Grant Winner Eva’s Village Gets Growing

Click on the images below to view larger photos. We are very excited to announce the completion of the 26′ Growing Dome for the 2014 Growing Spaces Third Place Grant Winners – Eva’s Village. The innovative homeless shelter greenhouse is located next door to Eva’s Village at Wayne Auto Spa owned by Rob Burke. The...

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Planting Seeds in October: Episode 2

It’s October 1st, and we’re planting seeds! At the beginning of our new project in the 15′ Growing Dome, we heavily amended the soil in the outer growing beds, where we direct seeded many greens and vegetables.  As we constructed a new interior bed to increase growing space with the goal of maximizing production in...

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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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June in My Growing Dome

By Puja Dhyan Parsons, CEO of Growing Spaces Yesterday, while focusing on recovery from my dental surgery and the long week of organizing and working with our stellar team….I knew I just wanted to GARDEN. I was out in my Growing Dome for about 5 hours, preparing old baskets for new plants, amending the soil...

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2014 Growing Spaces In-Kind Grant Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the three winners of this year’s Growing Spaces In-kind Grant Awards. Each of these well deserving organizations has diligently planned and raised funds for their school and/or community gardening program that will include a Growing Dome® greenhouse. It is with great joy that we join the movements to contribute to...

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IMPROVED! Gallina Polycarbonate Glazing

As a socially responsible and green business, we are always seeking out ways to source materials Made in America. Products Made in America supply valuable jobs that support our economy, and reduce fossil fuel use due to shorter transport distances from suppliers to our manufacturing facility. We often have to weigh a number of factors...

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Columbine Elementary’s New “Growing Dome” Greenhouse – a 21st Century Learning Center

Columbine Elementary’s New “Growing Dome” Greenhouse – a 21st Century Learning Center Boulder community unites for hands-on, year-round garden education Boulder, CO March 10, 2014 – On Friday students, parents and staff at Columbine Elementary are holding an “Open Greenhouse” – the first chance for the community to check out their recently constructed 33 foot-diameter geodesic...

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First Place! Boys & Girls Club of San Luis Valley

We are very excited to announce, albeit a bit early, the first place winners of our 2014 Growing Spaces In-Kind Grant Program! The Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley, CO was moving ahead so quickly that we had an emergency session of the Grant Program Committee to make a decision and keep...

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Celebrate Everything – Growing Spaces Values

By Puja Dhyan Parsons When we started Growing Spaces LLC in 1989, our effort was to build a socially responsible business based on the values and practices we are living. One of them was the idea to “Celebrate Everything.” For me that means the attempt to shift inside, and see the potentials in every experience...

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New Moon, New Year, New Beginnings

I have just settled in by the fire, on our coldest day on record in two decades in the USA, according to N.O.A.A. Weather Service online. With the wind chill, my relatives in Minnesota are experiencing 60 degrees below zero today! Lucky for us, it is only 5 degrees below zero in Pagosa, but my...

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Boutique Manufacturing & Sustainable Greenhouses

Growing Spaces greenhouses was recently paid a visit by a CompanyWeek reporter. Owners of the company, Puja and Udgar Parsons, had an opportunity to take the reporter on a tour and share about our unique sustainable Growing Dome greenhouses. Puja Parsons is quoted throughout the article, and on this day she took the opportunity to...

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Accessing Our Inner Wisdom in Business

by Puja Dhyan Parsons A few years ago I was privileged to be on a panel of CEOs at our annual SW Colorado Women’s Business Conference and asked “How do women do business differently than men.”  Although the moment called a response from the three of us that invited us all to recognize that we...

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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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Growing Dome at the Solar Living Institute

Recently we received an update from the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA of the 26′ Growing Dome greenhouse built in 2012… “The Growing Dome is one of the main attractions at the Solar Living Institute. Generously donated by Growing Spaces (located in Pagosa Springs, CO), it allows us to grow vegetation that needs a...

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2013 Growing Spaces In-Kind Grant Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the top three winners of this year’s Growing Spaces In-kind Grant Awards. Each of these well deserving organizations has diligently planned and raised funds for their education programs that will include a Growing Dome® greenhouse. It is with great joy that we join the movements to contribute to and support...

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Freeman Public Schools’ New Greenhouse Classroom

Freeman Public School students in NE are just now settling into their new 33 ft. diameter Growing Dome greenhouse classroom. Over the course of about nine months they were able to write grants and receive enough funding to purchase the greenhouse classroom. The main contributions were grants from DuPont Pioneer and Farm Credit Services of...

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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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Success with Community Garden Grants

Examples of how some communities have used garden grants to build a community garden greenhouse Community gardens create a wonderful space where neighbors and families can spend time outdoors, get good exercise and good food, and, most importantly, connect with each other. They also provide access to gardening for people who might otherwise not have...

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Dancing with Stress, Managing Overwhelm

by Puja Dhyan Parsons What IF, I could live in such balance that the energy needed for my everyday commitments was an OVERFLOW out of the peace and natural enthusiasm I carry within me? What if I could re-set myself, when I was thrown off balance? And make recovery an art form? This has been...

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A Dream to Award Good Food to All

I write on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the day of our President’s second inauguration. Many synchronicities stir me as I consider this time January 21,2013 and what it means to me.  In his speech, fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King reminded us of the power of “having a dream”….that is, “thinking outside...

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Happy Holidays …

This is the time of year that my inner child delights in the music, Christmas lights and spirit of giving. My excitement is an appreciation for the turning inward of the shorter days, the relief of cozying our home and coming inside for more reflection. A reverence for inwardness symbolized by the Solstice, as well...

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6 Ways to Be 1 Amazing Kid

Growing Spaces co-owner, Puja Parsons, subscribes to a number of e-newsletters that keep her abreast of current trends in healthy eating, wellness and sustainability. Many Mondays we come to work and find delicious email forwards in our inboxes with links to great articles. Most recently via Puja’s subscription to DailyGood.org, she shared with us a...

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Becoming a Green Business

In the November – December 2012 issue of the southwest Colorado EPIC Magazine, the co-owner and CEO of Growing Spaces, Puja Dhyan Parsons, contributed an article on “Becoming a Green Business”. Puja’s “how to” isn’t in the traditional way you would think. The article can be found at http://www.epicmag.org/november-december-2012/files/inc/17503068.pdf on page 16.    

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Truckee Community Farm Wins Your 2 Cents Grant

Last week, we posted a testimonial video from Truckee Community Farms’ co-owner Bill Kelly and manager Susie Sutphin talking about their project and how they’re using their Growing Dome. These two, along with the other co-owner Kevin Kelly, have been awarded the Your 2 Cents Program Grant. “The Rodale Institute’s $5000 Your 2 Cents donation...

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$1000 for Making Food Awesome

Have an awesome idea involving food? Raising funds for a school or community garden and need more help? Follow this link to learn more: http://awesomefood.maker.good.is/ Here’s what Awesome Food has to say: “Awesome Food, the Food Chapter of the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences wants to help you pull off your ideas for improving our current food...

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Schools Look Here! Grants Galore!

Is your school looking at buying a Growing Dome? Or maybe you are just trying to find a good source of natural food for kids at your school, here you will find many links that are handy for finding grants to help you achieve your goal. We have had many schools successfully obtain grants for...

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SWEDEN: Final Installation

DATELINE Sweden, the U.S. connection, the story continues…  As with many “Great Times” in life, our time in Sweden came and went in a blink. The Johansson family, our wonderful hosts, represent, in my opinion, the future of our planet. I know that sounds profound, but it is the simple truth. The love, interest and...

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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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Nurturing Families in Our Community

We recently constructed a 26′ Show Growing Dome to join the four other Growing Domes at our facility in Pagosa Springs, CO. The 26′ diameter is our most popular size and we’ve been planning this build for that reason for a couple of years. Since we have plenty of gardening space for ourselves in the...

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SWEDEN: Installation Finished!

Richard and Janet by this time have finished up with Ludvig and family on the 26′ Growing Dome Greenhouse installation at Ludvig’s home in Sweden. We’re awaiting a written narrative of the experience, but in the meantime we have this photo journal of the remainder of the build. Enjoy!  

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SWEDEN: International Installation Begins

Richard Miller and his wife Janet made it safely to Sweden and were reunited with the Growing Dome kit shipped from Growing Spaces over the weekend. The build has commenced and is coming along beautifully. The international exchange is going over great. It seems Ludvig and Richard had hit it off well over the phone...

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SWEDEN: We’re On Our Way!

” Dateline Sweden ” Ludvig Johansson discovers 2 crates, one might contain the ” Holy Grail “, eat your heart out Harrison Ford! Just kidding!! The two crates do contain what will be a great adventure, however, I’m just happy they made it from Colorado, USA to Sweden, 5000+ miles, in good shape. This other...

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Where in the World? – SWEDEN

Officially Announcing the Winners of Where In The World contest!  And the winners are… do you hear the drum roll?? But wait, before I announce the winners, let me thank Ludvig Johansson and his family in Sweden for sharing their adventure. The new photos now posted show the amount of labor Ludvig and his Dad,...

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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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Where in the World Contest

Many of us can look at this photo and envision what will be a great adventure. Site selection, solar orientation, leveling the ground, leveling the ground, leveling, leveling, and more leveling. You get the picture, but wait… Where in the world is this future 26′ Growing Dome site? These iconic photos have become the feature...

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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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Love this Local Business

We love to help our community eat locally and be a vibrant hub for business and innovation. We share our knowledge of organic gardening, green corporate practices, and healthy lifestyles with individuals, communities and educational institutions. We are a Made in America manufacturing company. We love where we live and give back all we can...

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Spring Planting, Inside & Out

This is the most exciting time of year to be involved in gardening and we can’t help but join in and share spring planting info. When the bug hits to get growing it’s hard to resist, but when REALLY is the best time to sow what seeds in spring? And is there a way to...

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Monday, March 12 #gardenchat host: Stacey Couch

Stacey Couch is the Creative Media Coordinator for Growing Spaces LLC. She wrangles social media, navigates our online presence, and harmonizes overall marketing efforts. Her background includes a degree in Conservation Biology, Evolution, and Ecology, and years working in the field studying ornithology and botany. More recently she’s worked for animal welfare non-profit organizations and...

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Join Us on #gardenchat on Monday, 3/12 at 9pm MST

We were fortunate last summer to come upon a great community of gardeners on Twitter that gets together once a week on Monday nights at 9pm EST for an event called #gardenchat. #gardenghat is presented by Bren of BGgarden.com and includes  hundreds of well-educated professional and hobby gardeners from around the country. Sometimes overwhelming and...

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Testing the Foundation of Your Garden

From time to time, we receive questions about the soil in the gardening beds of the Growing Dome. The question of soil, like many things in gardening, can be a life-long pursuit or can be a spontaneous leap of faith. Examining the interactions between micro-organisms, fungi, minerals, biomass and more keeps laboratories at the most...

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An Entirely New Canvas

My family and I are in the first year with our 26′ Growing Dome. This winter we are not at full capacity because we didn’t have time to get all of the beds built before the soil we needed to bring into the greenhouse froze solid to the ground. Right now we’re growing in a...

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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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Farm-to-School Webinar: Sept 29th

We’ve been mentioning and following the Farm-to-School program run by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and are very excited about an upcoming webinar they are hosting next week. It is in celebration of the upcoming “National Farm to School Month” in October. Here’s what’s in store for those attending the webinar: “USDA will...

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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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STEM Intern Helps Us Grow

As you may have already guessed, we’re all about education of all ages here at Growing Spaces and are always searching for new ways to empower people with knowledge about how to live and grow sustainably. We had an awesome opportunity this summer to hire an intern to work in our shop through the local...

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Nurturing community while moving towards sustainability

I have experienced it many times; in five countries, on three continents, blending multiple languages, cultures, and generations. I have felt the power and potential while working with indigenous peoples, schools, neighborhoods, communities, and families. I have shared in their celebrations and contributed my tears and shivers of gratitude and excitement. A Growing Dome build...

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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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Pagosa’s Geothermal Greenhouse Project Bringing Us Home

By Puja Dhyan Parsons, Owner & CEO Today, in June of 2011, a time of economic downturn and environmental degradation, it is difficult to watch the news. The kinship and symbiosis of community seems sometimes lost in our diversity of needs and interests as well as the focus on survival and livelihood. The loss of...

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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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Jamie Oliver’s Passion, Our Gratitude

I was looking at an old Journal from January 2010 this morning and found that I had written “Growing Spaces has a new face! As we begin the new decade in times of uncertainty and challenge, Growing Spaces is restructuring to provide more education about the life-style our Growing Domes® support and our intent to...

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Get Started with a School Garden from Slow Food USA

Great idea! Teachers and parents have found that introducing children to hands-on experiences in food-growing gardens helps them to understand and appreciate where their food comes from, make better food choices, be better stewards of the environment, and fall in love with fresh vegetables. Check out these great ideas for getting started from Slow Food...

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Whole Foods: Seed Fund Grants

With a joint mission of giving kids fun and engaging ways to learn about nutrition and the importance of fruits and veggies, “Yes To” and Whole foods will be giving away five $2,000 Seed Fund Grants in each participating Whole Foods region to local schools, plus five $500 ‘Starter Garden’ grants to schools nationwide! All...

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Creating a New Business Culture

I am writing after the Japanese Tsunami, the upset in Madison, the revolution in Egypt, and many other newsworthy events.  It is a time of questioning and a time of “upset” I am sure, to most of us and we all have to integrate new fears, like the potential for Nuclear Fall-Out from the power...

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What is the Global Significance of the Growing Dome?

We at Growing Spaces® are motivated by an awareness of the need for change in the ways mankind lives inside the Earth’s eco-system. Creative and intelligent use of resources is a prime value, as we realize that the earth is a finite system with finite resources. Respectfully, our company offers solutions to some of these...

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Flowering Broccoli, Catch Crops, and Early Spring

Spring is a very fun time in our Growing Dome greenhouses. Usually all the winter crops that we have been harvesting and eating over the winter are starting to go to seed. Do not despair! A lot of these vegetables have edible flowers. For example, arugula, tatsoi, mizuna, and a lot of edible greens also...

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Fall Planting in the Growing Dome

I am excited this fall, because for once I don’t feel terribly behind on my winter crop plantings, I have 2 separate beds of my “greens mixture” beets, chard, kale, swiss chard and parsnips coming up, about 3 weeks apart, I have garlic sprouted about 4″ and more just breaking through the ground.  Onions are...

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Pruning your Tomatoes and Peppers

Here’s what I’ve learned lately from our 26′ Growing Dome.  For a while there our life was pretty calm and I was getting to the Dome every Saturday and checking in on the plants.  I’d harvest whatever was ready, clip the dead leaves or stems from the tomato and pepper plants, throw in a few...

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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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Adding Composted Leaves to the Soil

So Richard Miller, our resident Master Gardener here at Growing Spaces, and I finally made it to my Growing Dome for a little gardening evaluation.  Turns out that my concerns about my gardening skills have a lot less to do with the results this year in my Dome, than the soil or rather in this...

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Food Sharing in Our Community

The 33′ Employee Dome at Growing Spaces and my personal 26′ Dome are in full harvest mode now and it’s  a little tough for even the most enthusiastic veggie lover to consume as much produce as is ready to eat!  For weeks now Richard Miller and I have had a little “co-op” going on, he...

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Fall Planting in Home Greenhouse Kits

I spent a bit of time this weekend in my 26′ Dome getting it tidied and ready for a fall planting.  We just had 3 weeks of monsoon rains and our temperatures have moderated somewhat, so I am hoping to get my fall crops planted this week .  In so doing I am hoping to...

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Paying Attention to Seed Spacing

After punching in this morning I went out to the 33′ Dome here at  Growing Spaces to check on the lettuce seedlings surrounding the new strawberry transplants.  Once again it appears we have planted way too densely again, not hard to do with fine little lettuce seeds.  So I spent about 10 minutes plucking out...

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Abundant, Organic Produce in the Growing Dome

Look what the  Dome has in store… After spending a few minutes in the domes – I had to grab my camera!  We have tomatoes, grapes, artichokes, figs, belle pepper,  squash just to name a few of the wonderful things growing inside!! What types of things are growing in YOUR Dome?!

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Flagstaff Academy: Finalist for $5,000 Pepsi Grant!!!

Flagstaff Academy will soon look more like the photo above! Parent and volunteer, Leha Moskoff submitted an application to win $5,000 from Pepsi, Refresh Everything.  Finalists one through ten win funding. Flagstaff has placed at number ten, and is currently being confirmed eligible to receive funding towards their Growing Dome project!!!    This school has been...

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The Benefits of Gardening in Growing Dome

The Growing Dome makes such a difference in our lives.  The possibilities are just absolutely endless! And my favorite part is that my three-year old boy loves it just as much as I do.   He has made friends with the Frogs, Fish, and Salamanders …but hasn’t seen the baby garden snake yet.  Soon, he hopes!

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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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March Tomatoes in Growing Dome Greenhouse

Can you guys believe we already have tomatoes sprouting in the Dome – in MID MARCH! – in Southern Colorado – from last years plants that have been ripped out!! You won’t see a single green leaf outside the Dome, for at least another month or two!!  (We’ll be eating tomatoes from this plant by...

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Feeding a crowd in February from the Growing Dome!

Here at Growing Spaces, we are lucky enough to have employee lunches provided by food from the Domes on site.  Yesterday, from two 22′ Growing Domes we harvested enough salad greens and Kale to feed 12 people.  Not bad when the weather outside is still in the teens and low 20’s and the ground is...

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26′ Growing Dome Yields Produce in February!

After a quick trip to our 26′ Growing Dome, I was thrilled to discover over 4 pounds of mixed salad greens and the first of our sugar snap peas ready to eat! What a treat. As our Dome is located 18 miles from where we now live, I only get to the Dome about once...

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A new way to work.

Hello!! My name is Kesy, I have been with Growing Spaces for almost two years.  Let me tell you they these two years have flown by. It is so refreshing to work in an environment that is positive and nurturing, inside and out. Growing Spaces produces a product and a quality of life that I...

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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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Exploring New Ways of doing Business

It is obvious that we live in unprecedented times. The combination of environmental and economic degradation are catalysts to review how we do business as well as how we live our lives. Growing Spaces has always been “alternative” in a way because we have a product that uses and teaches the use of natural energy...

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