about GROWHOUSE...

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Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Growhouse is a community-based, public art experiment on a quarter-acre property in downtown Phoenix that is dedicated to the local food and handmade movement. Growhouse started on a vacant, blighted property as an informal greening, arts and revitalization initiative by two artists, Kenny Barrett and Kelly Placke, in November of 2008. Since then, Growhouse has grown into a beautiful, sustainable community garden, residence, artist collective and boutique supported by hundreds of community members and volunteers.

Friday, August 21, 2009

guess what?!

It's gardening season again at the Grow House! Spend Sundays gardening with us from 7 AM to 1 PM. We're currently planting for the Fall Harvest.... pumpkins, squashes, and such. Come in and Grow out!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Well, we've been snippin' off more than we can stew at the garden... and a bit too late!
Zucchini galore!... and we mean galore!
Come any, come all... the first batch of the season ain't no joke.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Good news! We’re shaded!! Kenny, Kelly, and Oscar manned the posts and set the sails one Sunday afternoon and constructed shade structures. Mesh banners found and donated by the neighboring DIG Gallery now shade each of our beds… Community recycling at its best!
The summer sun will take its toll no more on our thriving beds. Come on down and see our garden breathe a sigh of relief!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Irrigation : Phase 2

Calling all volunteers!

Sunday, May 31st
6AM - 4PM

Spend a day in the sun with the gRow house folk and learn about desert gardening and how to reduce water usage with drip irrigation. We are looking for volunteers for the second phase of the irrigation project and welcome all to come help with this special project and/or come by any Sunday to help in the garden. If you are interested in helping on May 31st or have any questions please email us at: growhouse@vegemail.com

*Also, if anyone has any leads on an inexpensive place to rent a trench digger let us know!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

gRow's Doin It Green!

Stop by our booth and drink some delicious and nutritious grass juice and learn a few things about composting!

D.I.G. Event (Do It Green)
Saturday, May 2nd
8am - 2pm
4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85012

Monday, March 16, 2009


Meet Dennis

We adopted Dennis when we first moved into the gRow house. He was one of a many stray cats that live in the neighborhood. His charm quickly won us over and continues to beguile all our garden visitors.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

January Newsletter

2009 is sure to be a plentiful year at the Roosevelt gRow Garden, especially with the help of all of you!
We are still plugging away every Sunday from 10am till sunset, and we invite you to stop in to lend a hand on new and current projects, or to just say hey and take a look at what's been happening!
- FEBRUARY begins the new planting season.... We are now looking for members to grow!
- Our "trial plants" grew beautifully in the past few months, and we've been eating many a delicious pepper and feasting our eyes on our short but beautiful sunflowers! Peas, kale and carrots will be ready for harvest soon!!
-Our friends at Food Not Bombs recently donated a compost barrel! ...bring your organic waste (no oils, dairy, or meat) to help make new soil and learn how to compost... it's easier than you'd think!
-We've finished mosaicing 2 of the 5 parking curbs to bring a little color and creativity to the garden... still working on the others... if you need a dose of therapeutic art, this project is sure to provide!
-We've successfully raised the funds during the past few First Fridays to get more composted organic soil, an outdoor utility sink, and (hopefully) more piping to extend the irrigation!
-Filling last two beds with soil
-Pouring cement pavers for patio work area
-Laying PVC in areas that have not been irrigated yet
-Xeroscaping the front to create a space to relax and have garden dinners!
As you can see, we have much to do in the next few weeks! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Soup Songs" at the gRow house

Tonight, the gRow house will be welcoming one of the newest additions to the neighborhood, Radio Phoenix, and listening/making soup to our good friend Lil' Miss Leah D's radio show Soup Songs.

Start chopping vegetables and calm your mind with Miss Leah D every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. Click here to listen

Radio Phoenix is a non-commercial, volunteer-driven community radio station based in Phoenix, Arizona. We are just starting up, and looking for both volunteers and financial support. We are currently broadcasting 24/7 online. We are working to secure a public FM radio license from the FCC that can cover significant portions of metro Phoenix; email Kaja Brown, Radio Phoenix General Manager at kaja@radiophoenix.org for more information on how you can help!Radio Phoenix will provide a mix of programming that includes music (80%), news & public affairs (18%), and special events/experimental shows (2%). Our music programming will be focused on indie rock, urban, and world as well as local artists and specialty genres. Oh yeah... and anyone can be a DJ! We are currently looking for innovative show ideas and general rotation DJs. Let us know what your great ideas are. We are especially interested in people that have prior radio experience. Dependable, hardworking, passionate about music, plays well with others, doesn't run with scissors, sometimes runs with the figurative scissors... we are looking for those types too.

winter sunflowers!?

We got to planting our live fence of sunflowers a little late this year in August/September. They have grown just shy of waist height and are starting to bloom. My friend, Rika, told me last night that they look like they are cold. I think she's right.

Thank you Oscar for this beautiful photo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

the FIRST first friday of 2009!

As we rang in the New Year we asked First Friday guests to hang up their "dirty laundry" from 2008 in the gRow gallery. Responses ranged from the fairly innocent "I ate my brothers ice cream (every time he bought some)" to the malicious "I don't tell girls about my STD".