THE NEW EDUCATIONAL CENTER AND GREENHOUSE FACILITY
We have been organizing and preparing for Growing Forward, a campaign to fund the construction of the new Education Center on the GHV Campus. This technology-rich STEM learning facility will allow us to offer an innovative, hands-on curriculum for our Urban Education Alliance schools, giving students the foundation for pursuing advanced careers in bio-science and urban agriculture.
This centerpiece of the GHV Campus will feature both indoor and outdoor growing spaces, along with video capabilities to connect with schools and students throughout the St. Louis region.
Such an ambitious vision requires bold and credible leadership. We are excited to announce that Dr. Freddie Wills and Mr. John Nickel will be serving as our Campaign Co-Chairs! In addition, we are most grateful to John and Joan Vatterott who are serving as our Honorary Chairs.
We look forward to keeping you informed of our progress, as we continue our campaign preparations and as we launch Growing Forward, the campaign for The Green House Venture in 2022.
$6 MILLION CAMPAIGN
The completion of Phase 1 of the GHV Campus–the Embankment Greenway and Terrace Garden – marked a major milestone in our program.
Please join us in supporting Phase 2 of our plan to advance our vision for elementary education in bio-science and urban agriculture.
$4 Million will construct the new Education Center
$2 Million will provide seed funding to ramp up operations. This special fund will also ensure maintenance for the new facility.
Together, we have an incredible opportunity to realize the full vision of THE GREEN HOUSE VENTURE for St. Louis and other elementary schools across the nation.
Your tax-deductible gift to support our capital campaign is greatly appreciated — the methods of giving are numerous.
- Gifts of Cash
- Planned Gifts
- IRA Rollover
- 3-5 Year Pledge
Meaningful Naming Opportunities and Donor Recognition are offered through this campaign. Please talk with a campaign committee member to discuss available opportunities.
Giving to GHV’s Growing Forward campaign offers opportunities for creating tribute gifts. Gifts and pledges may be made In Memoriam, or In Honor of individuals, families, or organizations.
In addition to making a one-time gift, you also have the option of setting up monthly or annual contributions. By charging your credit or debit card each month or year, you will be breaking your gift into manageable contributions while making a tremendous impact on the campaign.
Contact your corporation to see if they match the charitable contributions made by their employees.
How to Give
Mail completed pledge form to:
The Green House Venture P.O. Box 4203 St. Louis, MO 63163
Make checks payable to:
THE GREEN HOUSE VENTURE
OR Visit www.greenhousestl.org
John & Joan Vatterott
John & Joan Vatterott
Honorary ChairsJohn and Joan have dedicated tremendous time and resources to education and we are proud that they are helping to lead the Growing Forward campaign. Their spirit of philanthropy inspires all who will participate in this effort that's most appropriate for you.
"There are lots of ways of giving, and you do it in a way that!s more notable. If you give or do any kind of volunteerism, you always get more than you give.”
Mr. John Nickel
Mr. John Nickel
Co-ChairJohn Nickel is a co-owner of Switch, a brand engagement and events agency. A lifelong St. Louisan, John is passionate about the work of nonprofits in the community. He has been involved with The Green House Venture since the beginning and is excited about the vision of the new center. He says:
"The Green House Venture is destined to become an important community asset. Educating students and parents on healthy and sustainable food and habits, and creating a renewable food source in parts of the Saint Louis community where it is most needed.”
Dr. Freddie Wills
Dr. Freddie Wills
Co-ChairFreddie E. Wills, Jr., Ph.D. is a higher education professional knowledgeable about theories and practices that meet at the intersection of secondary and post-secondary education. Dr. Wills serves as the Vice President for STEM Initiatives and Research Partnerships and he leads the Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MOLSAMP) as its Principal Investigator. In his role, Dr. Wills works to develop and implement institutional partnerships that advance HSSU’s STEM agenda and supports student success. In addition, serving as a Principal Investigator of MOLSAMP, Dr. Wills provides leadership for the operation of two other National Science Foundation grants awarded to the HSSU. Dr. Wills is a visionary leader, who is passionate about student development, organizational culture and structure, and excellence in academics. Dr. Wills, holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Communications (Southwest Baptist University), a Masters of Arts degree in Media Communications (Webster University), and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Saint Louis University.
"Realizing and empowering the potential of youth in continuous efforts to improve the communities they live in and to impact global challenges of sustainability through exploring solutions in their own neighborhoods is core to the mission of the Green House Venture Project. The work that our youth produce today will shape thriving communities for the St. Louis region and beyond."
The Green House Venture has engaged the firm Holmes, Radford & Reynolds, Inc. to guide Growing Forward, the campaign that will realize the vision of a new education center.
Dan Reynolds, HRR!s President, has been with the firm for over 20 years, directing highly successful capital campaigns throughout St. Louis. HRR!s past clients include several elementary schools, STEM initiatives, as well as food/nutrition organizations like Operation Food Search, one of GHV’s partners.
Dan is very excited about this project, as he believes that it appeals to a variety of relevant and compelling purposes.
“There is urgency to provide immediate educational solutions, particularly those that address science education, in St. Louis. This effort also sees the long game as it is working with young children to respond to the future talent needs of our burgeoning bio-science sector. Most impressive is the cooperative spirit of the project–so many organizations strive for collaboration in St. Louis, but the GHV has achieved real, credible, and sustained traction with so many diverse partners already. The Embankment Garden is one of the more creative projects that I’ve seen in a while. It has converted previously considered unusable space into something productive, while engaging multiple experts to do it. It is a great and truly unique vision!”
The New Education Center:
The new Education Center will follow universal design methods, as well as best sustainable building practices to ensure accessibility and longevity while promoting green technology. The Center will have 9,000 square feet of space for gardens, classrooms, and urban agricultural areas for students to gain hands-on experience in our STEM curriculum.
Inside, students will have access to their own aquaponic growing gallery featuring fish-breeding tanks and soilless beds. In the main production greenhouse, they will encounter floating rafts, wicking troughs, and growing towers, all using fish waste to nourish the plants, which in turn clean the water for the fish. A demonstration kitchen, multi-purpose classroom, event space and lab will provide spaces for more advanced learning and exploration.
Outside, students will work with seasonal crops growing in several distinctive garden areas including a climbing-fruit courtyard, a roof-top garden, raised beds, and terraces along Interstate Highway 44. Students will maintain gardens for bee and butterfly pollinators, learning the importance of native plant species and biodiversity to ensure a healthy environment.
This state-of-the-art facility will enable students from around the St. Louis region to engage in various ways of growing and producing food year-round in the heart of the city.