Growing Spaces Important News and Events 2023

Growing Domes in the News

HGTV filming at Growing Spaces

Growing Dome Featured on HGTV!

Dome Sweet Dome. – A couple’s unique, circular home boasts 360-degree windows with stunning wraparound mountain views…and a Growing Dome greenhouse garden! However, the property lacks function and style. Watch as Roots Design Company completely renovates the home, landscaping, and greenhouse (with a little help from Growing Spaces.)

Farm Collaborative Growing Dome at Cozy Point Ranch Gets a Visit from Governor Jared Pollis and a feature in The Aspen Daily News.

Jared Pollis looking at a fig tree in a growing dome
<a href=httpswwwthefarmcollaborativeorg>Farm Collaborative<a> Growing Dome at Cozy Point Ranch Gets a Visit from Governor Jared Pollis

The Farm Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley, is dedicated to regenerative agriculture, farmer training, and reconnecting the community with locally grown food. Led by “wizard farmer” Casey Piscura, the organization focuses on developing resilient crops and, crucially, nurturing the next generation of farmers. By merging with Seed Peace, they aim to place qualified farmers on suitable land, while also emphasizing adaptability to a changing climate. Beyond producing crops, the Farm Collaborative promotes the importance of supporting local farming and is expanding its facilities with a Learning Center to enhance education, food processing, and community engagement in their mission to create a sustainable and connected food system. The farm also includes a 42′ Growing Dome Greenhouse, as well as many mementos from John Denver’s Windstar Ranch.

Revolutionizing Community Nutrition in Red Deer: The Year-Round Greenhouse Initiative

In a remarkable step towards combating food insecurity, the Red Deer Food Bank, collaborating with Green Iglu and Relay, has launched a year-round geodesic dome greenhouse. This pioneering project, led by Raygan Solotki of Green Iglu, offers a sustainable source of fresh produce, even in winter, significantly enhancing the nutritional options for over 1,100 families served monthly. This initiative symbolizes a transformative approach to community support, emphasizing fresh, healthy, and locally-grown food.

Notre Dame Academy’s Geodome: A Beacon of Sustainability and Education

Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsborough has made headlines with its innovative geodome, where students get hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture. This indoor garden is home to over 20 plant species, nurtured by students who then distribute the fresh produce to local food pantries. This initiative not only provides nutritious food to those in need but also educates students on the origins of their meals, emphasizing a “see-it-and-grow-it” philosophy. Built in 2019, the geodome is an example of how educational institutions can lead in the fight against hunger while fostering an appreciation for the natural world​.

Corner Brook’s New Geodesic Greenhouse: Cultivating Community and Sustainability

The Western Environment Centre’s new downtown geodesic greenhouse in Corner Brook is a growing sensation, aiming to spark community dialogue on food sustainability. This 33-foot dome, a collaboration between the Western Environment Centre and the City of Corner Brook, stands as a symbol of innovation in urban agriculture. Laurie Bakker, a certified installer for Arctic Acres, sees these structures as more than just buildings; they are investments in community well-being, addressing food security and sustainability. With plans for communal growing and various programs in development, this greenhouse is set to become a hub for local food production and education.

Unity Gardens teaches kids about climate with their new geodesic dome.

Unity Gardens in South Bend, Indiana, has unveiled the Learning Labs Geo Dome, a collaborative project with Growing Spaces, aimed at educating the community about farming, botany, and renewable energy. Completed in under a week, the 42-foot diameter dome features insulated walls and solar panels. Volunteer builder Daniel Davis from the South Bend Community Re-entry Center emphasized the broader impact of the project, fostering community connections and trust. Founder and Executive Director Sara Stewart highlighted the dome’s role in teaching students about renewable energy principles, while also welcoming local scientists and botanists for innovative exploration. Free fall classes are offered, covering topics like gardening and fruit tree care.

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Construction of Geodome underway at Unity Gardens – WSBT

A geodesic dome construction is in progress at South Bend’s Unity Gardens, marking a collaboration with a local re-entry program to provide access to healthier food year-round. This initiative enables individuals to select fresh, homegrown produce even during winter months. The dome, costing approximately $160,000 and constructed with 5-layer polycarbonate, extends growing seasons and educational opportunities for the community. The project, inspired by residents themselves, showcases community engagement and aligns with Unity Gardens’ mission, creating a lasting impact and attraction for the area. The dome’s completion is anticipated by the upcoming winter season.

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Seeds of Indigenous Intelligence Germinate Within the Sherpa Clouds of Everest

The Growing Dome in the Clouds Foundation is spearheading an innovative project in collaboration with the Sir Edmund Hillary School in Khumjung Village, Nepal. The initiative involves the construction of a solar-powered, geodesic growing dome that aims to promote sustainable-regenerative agriculture, enhance nutrition, and provide entrepreneurial development opportunities within the Sherpa community. The project draws inspiration from the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the region while embracing modern technology for a harmonious coexistence. The foundation’s grassroots crowdfunding campaign seeks to finance the mission, contributing to the school’s educational curriculum and the well-being of the local residents.

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Joanna & Jim Morsicato on Colorado and Company with 9News Colorado

Colorado 9 News segment
This segment was filmed at Joanna and Jim Morsicato’s Growing Dome in Morrison, Colorado.  They have a 26′ dome built in 2017.  While they welcome visitors, if you would like a tour, it will be best to start with our 26′ Growing Dome in Golden, CO – Schedule a tour.

Greenhouse to produce fresh food for Ute Mountain Senior Center

The Ute Mountain Senior Center in Towaoc, Colorado, has built a geodesic dome greenhouse to provide fresh fruit and vegetables for its senior meal program. The greenhouse, which was funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and built by Growing Spaces, features five planting beds, ventilation fans, a pond, and solar panels. The senior center’s head cook plans to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and encourages the elders to participate in gardening. The greenhouse is the first of four indoor gardens planned for senior centers in Southwest Colorado by the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging. The project was awarded $645,000 from ARPA and will be managed by the senior center with help from volunteers. Planting in the greenhouse is expected to begin this spring.

growing dome in the news
Photo by: Jim Mimiaga/The Journal

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Growing Domes on Netflix!

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership’s 3 42′ Growing Domes were featured on season 2, episode 6, of the Netflix special The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals.

Past Events

Private Tropical Growing Dome Tour with Climate Battery – Longmont, CO

On June 24, 2023, from 10 AM to 2 PM, greenhouse enthusiasts and budding gardeners have a unique opportunity to tour Gary and Cindy’s state-of-the-art climate battery greenhouse. This is an incredible chance to see firsthand how they have created a sustainable, self-contained ecosystem right in their backyard in Longmont, Colorado.

This unique greenhouse tour includes seeing a variety of tropical and exotic fruits like bananas, papayas, passion fruit, star fruit, dragon fruit, and a tree from West Africa called the Moringa, known for its superfood qualities. You’ll also get to see and ask questions about the intricate systems they’ve developed to maintain their greenhouse, such as a Ground Air Heat Transfer system (GAHT®), an advanced pond filtration system, a climate monitoring system, and more.

Due to the intimate nature of this event, space is extremely limited. We’ll be splitting the day into three sessions, each lasting an hour and 15 minutes, to ensure everyone gets a chance to fully experience the greenhouse and ask any questions they might have.

This event is by reservation only, and RSVPs are on a first-come basis, so make sure to RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss – a chance to learn from true pioneers in sustainable living! 

To RSVP, use the form below or email us at. We look forward to welcoming you to this extraordinary event!

19th Hole Concerts In Pagosa Springs – Presented by The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado

Join Growing Spaces in supporting local nonprofits and enjoying live music at the 19th Hole Concerts in Pagosa Springs. Held every Thursday in June from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club, this outdoor event is a great way to show community spirit and have some fun. With an impressive lineup of musicians, there is something for everyone.

As a special thank you to our wonderful Growing Dome Enthusiasts, we will give away.

Purchase a convenient online punch pass until May 31 to support five local nonprofits and enjoy five concerts in June. The punch pass is non-refundable and can be used in any combination, allowing you to attend the concerts you want to see. With the support of our generous sponsors, all event expenses are covered, and proceeds go towards supporting the nonprofits. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy great music and give back to the community. If you wish to purchase tickets, click here.

RSVP using the form below to receive a special gift from Growing Spaces and a chance to win free tickets.

Earth Day @ Centennial Park

When: Saturday, April 22nd, 2023. 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Centennial Park – San Juan Riv Walk, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Invest in the Earth.” Celebrate Earth with The Southwest Organization for Sustainability. Stroll the Riverwalk in honor of the planet. Booths and giveaways.

The GGP’s Tenth Annual Environmental Film Festival

When: Saturday, April 14th & Sunday, April 15th, 2023.
Where: The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, CO

What: The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is an annual event held every February in Golden, Colorado.  The Pagosa Springs Film Festival Caravan provides rural Coloradans an opportunity to sample the CEFF’s award-winning documentaries. In its tenth year, the Pagosa Springs Caravan will be hosted at the Springs Resort as a benefit for the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership.

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The Chaffee Home & Garden Show

When: Saturday, April 1st & Sunday, April 2nd, 2023.
Where: Chaffee County Fairgrounds

What: More than 60 companies from the Chaffee County area – and from across Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah – will showcase the latest in landscaping, gardening, energy-efficient products, window treatments, flooring, lighting, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, patio furniture, storage systems, greenhouses, decks, spas and more.

Claudia Stover, a long-time Growing Dome gardener, will deliver a talk on her ‘Top Six Tips for Successful Greenhouse Growing.”

This show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local home professionals.

Thanks for visiting us. If you want to claim your discount code from the event, visit this page. (only for attendees of the 2023 Chafee Home & Garden Show.)

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