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.

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".