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.
La mayoría de la gente piensa en la jardinería como un evento de solo una vez - se planta en la primavera y se cosecha una vez en el otoño, y eso es todo. En realidad, algunas estrategias diferentes pueden ayudarle a usted y a su familia a cosechar los beneficios de su jardín varias veces durante toda la temporada!
Most people think of gardening as a one-time event - you plant in the spring, harvest once in the fall, and that’s it. Actually, a few different strategies can help you and your family reap benefits from your garden multiple times throughout the season!
Es posible que ya haya recibido su dosis de fertilizante de su Promotora la semana pasada, y es posible que se pregunten exactamente de qué se trata todo esto. Hay una gran cantidad de productos y a veces puede ser confuso entender el por qué, cómo y cuándo debemos aplicar los fertilizantes. Re:Vision está aquí para ayudar!
You may have received your dose of fertilizer from your Promotora last week, and you may be wondering just what all of that is about! There are a lot of products out there, and sometimes it can be confusing to understand why, how and when we should apply fertilizers. Re:Vision is here to help!
My name is Tyler Schrock, and this week will be my last week at Re:Vision. I am writing to tell you a bit about my story working here and in Westwood, and why I will miss being a part of this community.
Over the past few weeks, months, even years, you have heard us talk about the W-F-C; the Westwood Food Co-op. And last month in June, we announced that after all of this time Re:Vision is working with the WFC to OPEN MEMBERSHIP TO THE PUBLIC! This meant that for the first time ever, anyone can become a member of the Westwood Food Co-op.
When we said "opening membership to the public," a few people imagined we were opening up a store that looked like THIS.
Welcome to Westwood. This is one of the most culturally vibrant neighborhoods in the Denver Metro Area, with over 81% of its residents identifying as Latinos. Some of the best authentic Mexican food is within a few blocks from the Westwood Food Co-op (WFC)… (here at Re:Vision, we have been really into the huaraches over at Tarrasco’s), and Denver’s favorite Thai and pho spots have been serving up noodles around the corner for years.
It is difficult to imagine working in your garden or strolling through the farmer's market when it's a cloudy and rainy 40 degrees outside. It's mid May and despite the recent snowfall, we have the warm taste of summer on our lips. But the reality is that I am currently wearing a heavy scarf and much of our staff is covered in muddy compost.
A couple weeks ago, my partner and I were doing our usual weekly grocery shopping at Vitamin Cottage. When we went to check out and unload our cart, the cashier said, “You guys stocking up for the month?” “No”, we replied a little sheepishly, “These are our groceries for the week.”
Life is a beautiful thing. It can be found everywhere - all around us. The massive mammals roaming the Earth, the countless species of birds with their feathers rustling through the breeze, the labyrinth of complexity that is the rainforest. Yet to me, the life I can’t see is the most inspiring.