Entries by Grow Team

Happy ThanksGrowing!

What a wonderful year 2017 has been for Grow Community! As we enter the season of reflection, we pause to celebrate our many successes and the friends who made it all possible. From the very start, we set out to make Grow a showcase for eco-positive construction, with energy-saving features throughout every home. And it’s […]

We’re leading the nation in Green Power

The US Environmental Protection Agency recently honored the City of Bainbridge Island with its Green Power of the Year Award – and Grow Community helped earn the honor. In his report to the community, City Manager Doug Schulze cited Grow Community’s leadership. “Adjacent to one of Bainbridge’s three neighborhood centers is Grow Community, one of […]

How far we have grown.

With just three buildings to go, and construction paused for the winter, let’s pause ourselves to appreciate how far Grow Community has come. This photo puts it all in perspective – three distinctive neighborhoods, tasteful, energy-efficient homes clustered around shared green spaces, a new community center, and row upon row (upon row!) of solar panels, […]

Grow settling in for winter hibernation – An October Construction & Sales Update

We have reached an important milestone in our project. After six years, we have reduced our site work to a single building pad at the south end of the Park neighborhood, having reshaped eight acres of what is now Grow Community. We continue to see more solar go up, garden beds filled, and have enjoyed […]

New solar array powers community center

Grow Community boosted its standing as Washington state’s largest planned solar community this week with another new photovoltaic array – this time, for the new community center. A 17-module, 5.1-kilowatt array went up atop the bike shelter behind the community building, centerpiece of the Park neighborhood. The south-facing array takes advantage of excellent solar exposure […]

Grow Community Earns Built Green Project of the Year

And the plaudits keep rolling in: Grow Community earned the Built Green Project of the Year award at the annual Built Green Conference in Seattle recently. The prestigious award honors excellence in environmentally friendly residential construction in the Puget Sound region, as judged by peers in the construction industry. “The award was unexpected, and we […]

Sage advice — come to the Park and see the Lilacs. A Construction & Sales Update – August 2017

A warm summer has brought the Park neighborhood to life, resplendent with its first round of trees, grasses, pea patches and plantings. Centerpiece is the new Community Center, where the planter beds have already been filled by enthusiastic neighbors looking forward to future harvests. The center’s solar canopy is now in place, with system installation […]

Grow memories cross the generations

Jerry Grow left a quieter, simpler Bainbridge Island in as a youngster in 1955. But his memories conjure images that would be familiar to generations of islanders before and since: attending services at the Congregational Church downtown, marching in the Fourth of July parade, learning to fish from a boat his great-uncle Fred kept on […]

Homecoming and history sharing in Grow’s new community center

Old friends and new turned out as Grow Community celebrated our history at a community potluck yesterday evening. Venue was Grow’s new community center – only half finished, but still a great setting for this homecoming that crossed the generations. Honored guest was Jerry Grow, great-grandson of island pioneer Ambrose Grow, who came up from […]