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OED is committed to building and growing sustainable communities that meet the housing, workforce and business needs of Denver neighborhoods. Through the blending of the City’s financial and community resources, OED helps families and businesses invest their time and energy in building strong, sustainable and vibrant communities throughout Denver . Economic prosperity resources that help families become financially self-sufficient are pivotal to building sustainable communities. Other key activities include affordable housing, employment opportunities, business development, and the promotion and funding of a sustainable-built environment.  OED also works to support better access to affordable, healthy food through the Denver FRESH program.
Cultivating Seeds of Community in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. This ancient Chinese proverb seems to be the basis of operation for GrowHaus, a non-profit community farm and educational establishment.

Located in Denver ’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, GrowHaus is an indoor farm, marketplace and educational center that provides space for families to grow and harvest food year round. Prior to the development of Grow Haus, Elyria-Swansea was considered a food desert, meaning the neighborhood had no close access to healthy, affordable food. Read More