An Ecosystem of Collaboration

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It’s Green Space’s mission to provide a workspace where eco-friendly and socially conscious businesses can connect with one another. It’s thru this collaboration that allows GS businesses to grow and flourish unlike anywhere else.

Collaboration at GS seems to happen organically. I asked founder Jennie Nevin why this is and she explained that, “It’s best to think of GS as an ecosystem. GS is a community of living organisms (small businesses) who are linked together through the common purpose of protecting the environment and making a positive social impact.” While housed in GS, small businesses are able to interact with one another to foster new relationships and build strong networks of likeminded entrepreneurs. “Similar to natural ecosystems where living and non-living organisms interact to create a system, GS members collaboration helps create and maintain a system that is mutually beneficial for both GS and its members.”

Today, there is new collaboration emerging, one between a local non-profit Greenleaf and Green Spaces. GreenLeaf is a group of powerful youth leaders who grow together, cultivating community and food justice through urban agriculture. Through a year-round program and a diverse crew of talented young people, they plan and manage an urban farm, distribute food to community members in need, and conduct food justice organizing. GreenLeaf youth get real-world experience practicing the skills they need to become leaders – not only within GreenLeaf, but also in their schools, communities, and beyond.

Greenleaf is a textbook example of the organizations and companies GS strives to support. This past spring however, Greenleaf received news that the land their farm “Sustainability Park” occupies had been sold off to make room for a new housing development. Given little room for negotiations, Greenleaf was informed they must vacate “Sustainability Park” by the end of November. With November quickly approaching the Greenleaf team wasted no time and sprang into action by holding a Farm-raiser in hopes of saving the a program that has given so much to so many in the community.

On Saturday September 19th friends, family, and local business leaders gathered at “Sustainability Park” to raise money in hopes of purchasing a plot of land for a new farm. The Farm-raiser had an amazing turnout and was an eventful evening filled with farm tours, games, silent auction and finally a dinner made with produce from the farm. The evening was simply marvelous, unfortunately Greenleaf’s efforts to raise enough money for a new farm fell just short of the total they needed.

“When we see that one of our own is struggling to survive, we are going to do something about it.” Jennie told me while discussing Greenleaf’s struggles to get a new farm. In effort to help Greenleaf, GS has offered to make Greenleaf’s its official non-profit partner. The benefits of this partnership include donated office space as well as a donation to help Greenleaf reach their fundraising goal. Most importantly this new partnership will allow Greenleaf to continue educating youth leaders who are dedicated to fighting food injustice through the use of urban agriculture. 

       -James Cody 

GreenLeaf is a group of powerful youth leaders who grow together, cultivating community and food justice through urban agriculture. Through our seamless, year-round programming, our diverse crew of talented young people (ages 14-18) plans and manages an urban farm, distributes food to community members in need, and conducts food justice organizing. GreenLeaf youth get real-world experience practicing the skills they need to become leaders – not only within GreenLeaf, but also in their schools, communities, and beyond. To learn more and meet the crew, visit our website at www.greenleafdenver.org.