If you’ve recently walked down Lawrence Street in RiNo, you have probably have been stopped in your tracks by the sight of a rooftop garden. At the very least, you’ve probably wondered what was going on above Uchi.
It’s not uncommon to hear about a new restaurant in RiNo. But how about a new farm that supplies food to those restaurants? Altius Farms is a new urban farm at the S*Park development at 25th and Lawrence streets that specializes in vertical, aeroponic growing.
Denver is about to get another restaurant by a James Beard Award winner. Chef Tyson Cole’s Uchi will open on Oct. 4 in the River North neighborhood, according to a press release. It will become part of S*Park, a new sustainability-focused development that utilizes solar energy, a vertical greenhouse and an urban soil farm.
People walking or driving by Altius Farms have picked up their phone to call and ask about the greenhouse at 25th and Lawrence. The glass-enclosed structure houses an urban farm that is using advanced technology to change the way we think about growing food.
Sally Herbert is looking for higher ground in RiNo. Instead of a penthouse with mountain views or a rooftop bar, the Air Force veteran and GS1 executive plans to grow lettuce. And this farm requires some vertical. Dissatisfied with Denver’s urban agriculture and farming, Herbert founded Altius Farms with the goal of growing produce on a footprint that spreads up, not out.
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