Asnake Deferse was one of those people that I remember first having a significant conversation with in La Tiendita, a community market we piloted this fall. I am certain that we had met before, but it was in La Tiendita, surrounded by bags of grains and coolers of vegetables that Asnake began to explain to me about Sun Valley, a Denver neighborhood close to Westwood.
A few Wednesdays ago, I hesitated, and then pressed "submit."
That moment set off a 30 day count-down. The goal was to raise 50K to fill the inside of the warehouse that will become the Westwood Food Co-op with lighting, shelves, freezers, shopping carts, and if we could raise a little more, a patched roof.
For the last six years, Re:Vision has worked for better food access for Westwood. And right now, the community is very very close to opening the Westwood Food Co-op, proving to the country that community-owned solutions can conquer food deserts.