Help Grow a Dome

Donate to one of these amazing School, Community or Non-Profit garden greenhouse fundraisers and Growing Spaces will match up to $500 for each project*

The Hoover Greenhouse Project

The Hoover Greenhouse Project is a student-motivated initiative to build a greenhouse-garden center at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale, CA. The project is approved by the school and district administrations. The plan is a 33-foot diameter geodesic dome greenhouse surrounded by garden-landscaping. The center is themed around the ideals of futurism and optimism.

The mission of the project is to cultivate a space that will provide a beautiful atmosphere, emphasize community, bring students closer together and boost the reputation and spirit of Hoover High School. It aims to inform and inspire people, specifically students, to see possibilities for a bright and sustainable future.  Additional facets of the project envision the start of a garden-education program, greenhouse club, and food-supply for the school’s culinary program.

Beyond its mission, the project aims to inspire the school community, specifically students, to see that a brighter tomorrow is possible.  The Greenhouse Center will be a celebration of life, community, and the future.

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The Project Team and Hoover Community are very grateful for all donations and support!  Help Us Build The Future!

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Urban Growers Collective Chicago, IL

Rooted in growing food, Urban Growers Collective cultivates nourishing environments which support health, economic development, healing and creativity through urban agriculture in Chicago, IL

They offer a variety of programs including Adult Job Training, New Farm Incubation, Teen Education and Food Access & Justice.  They also recently built a 42-foot Growing Dome at the South Chicago farm and community garden to provide training, mentoring, and coaching for individuals to obtain increased agricultural and growing capacity, with a focus on individuals from communities with a lack of food access.

Every contribution makes a big difference. Please consider donating today to strengthen their cause.

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Tahoe Food Hub, Truckee, CA

The Tahoe Food hub is located in Truckee, California. The non-profit organization has been working hard to establish a local food system since 2013. They sell food produced by local farmers (within 100 mile radius of Lake Tahoe) to the community, schools, restaurants, small grocers, and resorts. The Tahoe Food Hub helps support over 85 local farms! The organization has helped build several Growing Domes in the area, and they are working on building more to provide the local schools and community with a place to learn about growing food in an alpine ecosystem. 

Our education farm, The Sierra Growing Classroom, is a fundraising program promoted by the Tahoe Food Hub to help build a 33′ Growing Dome which, will be accessible and used by all schools in North Lake Tahoe. Contact the project coordinator to learn more and donate. 

Initial $500 Donation has been matched by Growing Spaces!

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Guidestone Colorado

Growing A Dome: The Story of the Geodesic Grow Dome at the Community & School Farm in Salida, CO

One of the challenges Farm to School programs often face is that the growing season in many parts of the country, Salida included, is the opposite of the school year. Farm production is at its height through the late summer and fall, while school is in session through the winter months when little is growing in abundance. This means that while students can assist with planting in the Spring and see the fruits of their labor in the Fall, there is a long stretch where providing produce to a school lunch program or delivering hands-on garden education is less feasible. That’s where the grow dome comes in! A private family foundation recognized this discrepancy and provided funding to help Guidestone build a geodesic grow dome that can be used to close the gap between the growing season and the school year. The grow dome will be used to grow cold weather crops through the winter, provide healthy, fresh food to Salida School District students, and accommodate classrooms of students to participate in production and learning throughout the school year.

The week of August 5th saw both the construction of the exterior of their 42’ diameter geodesic grow dome at the Community & School Farm on Holman Avenue, and the raising of the timber frame of The Guidestone Barn at Hutchinson Ranch!  They’ve raised almost half of the $50,000 in additional funds they need to further these projects along.  But require additional fundraising to complete these amazing garden projects!

Initial $500 Donation has been matched by Growing Spaces!

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Green Iglu

Green Iglu is fighting food insecurity in the Arctic by using Growing Dome greenhouse technology to grow fresh produce in Northern Candian communities all year-round.  72% of children in these communities live in food-insecure households, without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.  They also use state of the art vertical hydroponic pillars that produce up to 3 times more than traditional growing methods. For more nutrient-rich food options, the towers are complemented with hybrid raised dirt beds that can facilitate the growth of root vegetables.  They also use grow lights to harvest food over the long, dark winter.  

Green Iglu has also developed an education program, with a focus primarily on remote Canadian communities. Students dig into experiential learning with in-classroom grow kits, integrated curricula, and digital lessons. To encourage further engagement, Green Iglu has also developed an interactive summer camp where kids of all ages will earn badges towards an Arctic Farming rank.

Green Iglu is actively working to reduce food insecurity in the two different communities with Growing Domes, as well as build new Growing Domes in partner communities.

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Eliada Home Asheville, NC

Helping Children Succeed in Western North Carolina

Originally an orphanage, Eliada developed Foster Care programming when there was a nation-wide shift away from the traditional children’s home model. As mental health issues in children came into greater focus, Eliada also developed state of the art Residential Treatment Facilities and expanded Foster Care services to include Therapeutic Foster Care. As women entered the workforce, Eliada added childcare and preschool services. In Eliada’s recent history, they recognized that youth were aging out of Foster Care and failing in traditional post-secondary education. So the organization once again adapted to meet this community need with the Eliada Student’s Training for Advancement Program which provides workforce development programming for this population of youth.

Eliada built a 42-foot Growing Dome in January 2018 to supply Eliada’s commercial kitchen with 100% of the lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers served to children and youth 365 days/year. It includes a production scale hydroponics system in the greenhouse.  All youth at Eliada also have access to the dome. With 90% of youth in Eliada’s treatment services experiencing some form of abuse or neglect, and 83% of preschoolers at Eliada receiving free and reduced lunch, the agency is working towards providing all children and youth in care experiences that build up resiliency protective factors. The development of self-regulation skills, memory and flexibility skills, and a sense of hope, all work to build resiliency and improve long-term outcomes.

Initial $500 Donation has been matched by Growing Spaces!

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SCENE Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries on earth, is a country in West Africa bordered by Guinea, Liberia, and the Atlantic Ocean.  The Sierra Leone civil war resulted in the destruction of 1,270 primary schools, and in 2001, 67% of all school-age children were out of school. The situation has improved considerably since then with primary school enrollment doubling between 2001 and 2005 and the reconstruction of many schools since the end of the war.

SCENE (Supporting Community Educational Needs & Endeavors) is working in the town of Adonkia, Freetown to improve existing infrastructure to ensure students have a decent place to attend school. Most of the schools are overcrowded and in great need of benches, tables, chalkboards and other basic supplies to provide the needs of the students.  SCENE also provided the funds for materials for the community to build three water spigots that provide access to clean water.  The spigots have become a daily gathering spot for members of the community.

Adonkia has become a sister city to Golden, Colorado through the efforts of Golden High School teacher and varsity soccer coach Larry Harding and his wife Brenda (featured in this video).  Golden Soccer donates uniforms and soccer equipment to the students in Adonkia and puts on an annual golf tournament.  Growing Spaces will be sponsoring the fundraiser on April 25, 2020 and hopes to work with Larry and Brenda on building a Growing Dome in the future.  You can also contact Lem Tingley directly about this fundraiser.

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*Mention Growing Spaces in your donation and send your receipt to [email protected] If you would like your Growing Dome Greenhouse Fundraiser to be featured on this page, contact us at [email protected]