Our Mission is to work with people in economically marginalized neighborhoods to develop resident leaders, cultivate community food systems, and create an economy owned by the community.
Re:Vision was founded in 2007 on the belief social, environmental and economic change has to begin within the individual and then ripple out into the community.
In 2009, Re:Vision was introduced to the Westwood neighborhood of Southwest Denver. Westwood is 84% Latino, approximately 60% of whom are first generation immigrants. Almost 45% of adults speak Spanish as a first language. Despite cultural richness, Westwood has suffered from decades of underinvestment and inadequate resources. As a result, Westwood faces significant health and economic disparities: 37% childhood obesity rate (compared to the state average of 27%), average household income is less than half the Denver average, and less than 4% of the population has a college degree. There are no supermarkets, schools are overcrowded, and it is dangerous for youth to walk through the neighborhood. Despite decades of neglect, residents have begun to address the challenges of their neighborhood as a community.
By providing residents with tools, training, and inspiration, Re:Vision helps residents come together as a community to solve some of their most pressing issues, beginning with access to healthy food. Westwood residents had identified gardening as a desired strategy to save money on grocery bills, improve access to and consumption of healthy foods, and reconnect themselves and their children with the land. Beginning with teaching 7 families how to grow food in their own backyards, Re:Vision's Re:Farm program took root in 2009, and to date, has helped families throughout Southwest Denver establish 1,765 annual gardens, collectively producing more than 500,000 pounds of fresh produce and saving those families over $1 million in grocery bills.
"I was deeply honor to be in Denver on August 2, sharing the day with the city's magnificent cultural citizens - the people and organizations who, like you, are working so hard to put culture in the service of society - and with the many people you are so visibly helping. I thank you profoundly, not only for your many efforts in making this day happen, but also for all of your ongoing work." - Yo Yo Ma, world renowned cellist and Humanitarian.
"...We are so grateful and proud to have learned how to grow our own vegetables. It has helped cut our grocery bill almost in half, there were times when I had to rely on food banks for food... This summer was very productive for us we grew a variety of different vegetables...I had an abundance of vegetables and was actually able to share with family members, friends and even strangers. My daughter and I had so much fun this year gardening together that we can't wait to do it again next summer." - Lydia Trusty, Re:Farm program participant
"Thank you very much for your patience and willingness to teach me and my family how to plant and grow our vegetables. The whole family is very happy to participate in the garden. We appreciate more of what we eat since we have learned how to grow our own food. It has been an incredible experience. Thank you all for this program as we continue moving forward." - Blanca Cardona, Re:Farm program participant
"Being a promatora is very rewarding because I am growing as a person and becoming more self-sufficient, while teaching other families to grow food and eat healthy. This is an opportunity for me and for my community to have a better chance at a healthy life." - Mayra Olivas, promotora (community health worker) for Re:Vision
"Re:Vision has done much more than grown 200+ backyard gardens, established community farms, and acquired funding for creating a community food cooperative. What is most impressive is that ReVision has developed an approach to community organizing that has built on the assets of community residents so that they have developed a new sense of themselves as civic leaders and a more expansive view of the possibilities for their neighborhood. ReVision is an outstanding organization that is creating positive and lasting change in Denver." - Susan Jurow, university professor, (shortened from a review on greatnonprofits.org)
"Re:Vision is a phenomenal organization driven by passionate, educated and informed leaders. The promatora model is a well-executed model that leads to sustainable change at the community level and beyond." - Winter Wall, volunteer & field expert
"The program has been a great experience for the whole family, especially for my two youngest daughters - every evening they are able to spend time with their father while he tends to the garden, and they get to eat the fresh vegetables! We have had a generous harvest and it is very satisfying to be able to share it with our neighbors and family." - Maria Gutierrez, Re:Farm program participant
My family and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Re:Farm Denver program. Having our own garden has provided us the opportunity to have quick and direct access to organic vegetables, and we're proud to be able to share our harvests with other family members and the community. We are especially thankful for the endless support from the promotoras who ensure the backyard gardens are successful." - Margarita Macias, Re:Farm program participant