EarthLinks is a social-enterprise nonprofit located in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Denver that creates Earth-centered programming for people experiencing homelessness and economic poverty. EarthLinks program participants are given a safe, peaceful space to foster empowerment, resilience and collectivity while also sustaining the planet.
Emerald Gardens is a labor of love from Dave Demerling and Roberto Meza, young farmers passionate about sustainability and committed to harvesting the finest organically-grown microgreens using passive solar energy. Friends since middle school, Dave and Roberto established Emerald Gardens in Bennett, Colorado, with a mission to cultivate, engage and transform communities throughout the Denver/Boulder area with year-round access to delicious and nutritious microgreens.
EAST DENVER FOOD HUB
Co-founded in 2020 by David Demerling and Roberto Meza, East Denver Food Hub is a social enterprise building a model for local food aggregation and distribution that supports local farmers and producers and ensures healthy food access for all of our communities through innovative relationships with wholesalers, retail markets and institutional partners. East Denver Food Hub seeks to demystify the supply chain, address food insecurity, support the viability of local agriculture and develop community wealth creation initiatives to promote economic justice.
JACK'S SOLAR GARDEN
In Boulder County, off of North 95th St, over 3,200 solar panels creates a 1.2 MW community solar garden—enough to power over 300 homes. Jack’s Solar Garden is a national model for governments, solar developers and farmers for how to produce renewable energy while continuing agricultural production via agrivoltaics. Agrivoltaics is the co-location of agriculture and solar energy infrastructure whereby the microclimates created by the solar panels provide benefits to the vegetation or animals beneath and around them. Jack’s Solar Garden is the largest commercially active research site for agrivoltaics in the USA!