In Denver, An Urban Garden Grows Healthier Foods – And Attitudes

BY Rebecca Jacobson  October 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM EDT

In a low-income neighborhood in Denver, it used to be impossible to find fresh fruit or vegetables. Bordered on all sides by train tracks and highways, the 7,000 residents of Elyria-Swansea don’t have a grocery store within two-and-a-half miles.

But Coby Gould and his colleagues hope to give the community healthy, affordable produce options at the Growhaus, a budding urban garden in the neighborhood. With the help of young people in the community, he plans to change the diets of community members and their attitudes about healthy eating.

“It’s really about getting fresh healthy food right here and producing it on a scale that really does make a dent,” he says.

Video production by Rebecca Jacobson, with additional videography by Jeff Zimmerman.