Grow Community Events

Historic Honoring Ceremony - Thursday, March 20th

Thursday March 20th - 12.30pm
Basketball Court on John Adams Lane - behind home 370

John Adams Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

On Thursday (March 20th) at 12.30pm a local Bainbridge community group will be joining the Grow team to honor those that lived or grew up along Government Way (John Adams) on what is now the Grow Community property. The ceremony will be held on the current basketball court (behind house 370) on John Adams and then move to the American Legion Hall.

The ceremony will last 30 to 45 minutes and include short stories from each of the following: Grow Family – Jon Quitsland, Japanese Community – Kay Nakao, Military Community – TBD, Grow Community’s Future – Greg Lotakis.


The ceremony was initiated between the Grow Team and a Bainbridge community group lead by Karen Vargas, out of a desire to honor the early Japanese Community in this area of the island as well as those families and Military Veterans that made the Government Way housing their home, and to capture the stories of those that spent time in this place.

An early historical record/study was commissioned (Quitsland report) during the planning process for the Grow project to inform us about the history of the area. While the report touches only the tip of the iceberg, much of the history is rich with food production and community – two of the major themes for our new development. The Grow Family homesteaded in the area and on the property we are developing. What was once a strawberry field will again be home to fruit trees and garden beds. The next 5 acre phase of the project alone will have 3 acres of open space that will be mixed with fields, orchards, and light forest groves.

The history of this site teaches us that the area was rich with community connection. The beauty in our recent work with Karen and others is the richness of the place in community and the stories we plan to tell andpreserve. The military families and the Japanese community who touched this land each provide a glimpse into the past. Our intent is that the Grow neighborhood will honor the past by creating a renewed connection to community through the land. In our opinion, too often new development disregards these connections to each other, therebylimiting opportunities to create a sense of place.

We are working toward a way to share the stories once the Grow neighborhood is complete. We are currently considering telling the story in a variety of formats within our new community center and through interpretive signage throughout the property.

Some other worthy notes include:

1/ All play equipment will be collected by BI Parks Department for future reuse
2/ Small items from the homes/site will be saved by the community group focused on historical honoring
3/ Reusable items in the homes will be salvaged and repurposed
4/ Remaining structures will be used for training by Fire & Police
5/ All demolition debris will be recycled where applicable
6/ House numbers will go with those that grew up in the homes
7/ Stories will be collected and kept with appropriate entity (City or Museum)


Past Events

What's Coming Next? The Conversation Continues
Designing Our Community Spaces

Wednesday March 5th - 6.30am-8.30pm
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Three out of the five acres in the next neighborhood will be open space, gardens, orchards, landscaping - play areas for young and old alike. We are excited to share with you the options we’ve been working on for the green spaces at Grow. But before we go to much further we want to hear your ideas. All are invited to this public open house to participate in the conversation.

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Note: Walk or ride if you can. If not, Art Museum parking is available in any visitor parking spot with additional parking in the gravel lot above the Kids Discovery Museum at the back of the property.

Data-Driven Design Forum | AIA Seattle

Tuesday December 10th - 8am-5pm
University of Washington, Alder Commons, 1310 NE 40th St, ​Seattle, WA 98105

Grow president, Marja Preston will be speaking on a panel discussion at the Data-Driven Design Forum put on by AIA Seattle. The forum will look at why firms are investing in research, and how is it improving the performance of their buildings and their practices.

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Building Livable Communities with Transit!


Check out the Rail-Volution conference starting Sunday in Seattle – register now.

This is right in line with our One Planet principle of creating sustainable transportation options for our residents at Grow Community. In fact Grow president, Marja Preston will tour attendees through Grow Community as one of the events Sunday morning. Go here for more details:

"Walk through Grow Community, Washington State’s first One Planet Community (35 min). See this innovative Transit Oriented Community and learn about the green building policy initiative that spearheaded it."

Grow Community Multi Family Garage Sale

"We're cleaning out our closets, getting ready to move into Grow and it turns out, we have STUFF WE DON'T NEED! Imagine that! Can you reuse our stuff? Come check out our multi family garage sale on Saturday September 7th and help us reduce, reuse and recycle."

Saturday September 7th - 9am-1pm
No early birds please
428 Grow Avenue NW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Grow Community OPEN HOUSE

Public Participation Meeting July 29th 2013, 6-8pm Bainbridge Performing Arts

What's Coming Next? Be a part of the conversation.

Join us to provide feedback on our site plan, home designs and floorplans for the next phase while enjoying some tasty treats and local wines. All are invited. We look forward to seeing you there! SCHEDULE 6pm - Arrive and connect with friends and residents of Grow Community. Learn whats coming next. 6.30pm - Grow team member and sustainability expert, Greg Lotakis will discuss One Planet Living. 6.45pm - Local, internationally acclaimed, Architect and the newest member of the Grow Team, Jim Cutler, will present our new concept in the context of livable communities. 7.15pm - Connect and provide feedback on home designs, floor plans and the community concept as a whole.
Neighborhood 2.0

Architect Jonathan Davis will speak at Dwell on Design

  Friday, June 21st 2013, 4pm Though you’d be forgiven for thinking that prefab design is little more than whatever factory-made box can fit on the back of a flatbed, poky little prefab homes tell only half the story. Thanks to hybridized construction, the endless possibilities of modular building, and an ever-mounting appetite for efficient housing, we’re seeing more and more square footage with a prefabbed roof over its head. In this session we’ll talk with architects Leo Marmol, Whitney Sander, and Jonathan Davis—who will also share images of their recent projects—about how prefab housing is scaling up.
Date: Friday, June 21
Time: 4:00 pm
Event Type: Stage
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Jonathan Davis

Washington Energy Forum Lunch - Grow Community: A New Standard in Green Housing & Sustainable Communities

  Thursday, May 23th 2013, 11.30am-1pm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP | 701 5th Ave., Ste. 6200, Seattle WA 98104 Grow Community architect Jonathan Davis of Davis Studio Architecture + Design will lead a discussion about the innovative project, the One Planet Community concept, and the potential for green housing and sustainable communities. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but please RSVP so we are sure to order enough food. Forum activities are informal and open to all. Join us and be a part of the conversation. Click here to RSVP

Grow Community on this years NW Green Home Tour

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 11am-5pm Grow Model Homes | 428 Grow Avenue NW Grow Community will be one of the stops on this years NW Green Home Tour. Co-produced by Northwest Eco Building Guild Seattle Chapter and Built Green this tour is a FREE spring event. It is the 3rd Annual NW Green Home Tour for Seattle, Bainbridge Island + Eastside. Come visit our Built Green 5 Star Homes! To learn more about the tour go to the NW Eco Building Guild website.
NW Green Home Tour

Earth Day BEE fun!

At the T&C 14th Annual Earth Day Community Fair Saturday, April 20th 2013, 11am-3pm TOWN & COUNTRY MARKET Did you know native Mason bees are exceptionally hard working super pollinators? Six mason bees will pollinate one fruit tree, compared to 10,000 honeybees. Visit our Grow Community booth at the 14th annual Town & Country Market Earth Day Community Fair on Saturday April 20th 11am-3pm where we will be BUZZY making Mason Bee Houses. Come and build one with us. Its going to BEE fun so BEE there!
bee event

Grow Community Brokers Open

Thursday, March 28th 2013, 12-3pm 428 Grow Avenue NW, Bainbridge Island Calling all Real Estate Agents! Have you heard about Grow Community? A net-zero One Planet community under construction right here on Bainbridge Island. Want to learn more about the energy efficient solar homes we are selling? Have a client that might want to live here? Join us Thursday 28th for a Brokers Open: tasty treats, model home tours, and even a raffle!  

Futurewise Spring Luncheon - Connecting the Dots

Saturday, March 20th 2013, noon The Seattle Sheraton Mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate 22 years of promoting healthy communities and cities, while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines for this and future generations. The spring Luncheon will highlight how Futurewise is connecting the dots to create strong healthy communities in Washington State. For more information on attending, sponsoring or hosting a table, please call Andrea Johnson at (206) 343-0681 x 122 or e-mail at

Oasis 2013 - Sustainability 301 Event

Saturday, March 7th 2013, all day The Oasis at Sodo Park | 3220 2st Avenue South, Seattle WA 98134 NW Green Home Tour 2013 Join speakers Marja Preston, President of Grow Community, and Jonathan Davis with Davis Studio Architecture + Design at the Oasis 2013 event on March 7th. This event will explore advanced techniques for sustainable building and leadership. A full day of inspiring, fast-paced presentations and long-form workshops will provide a forum for practitioners to gain the tools and understanding they need to make a real difference. We will delve into emerging products, installation methods and sustainable systems. This forum brings together the people who are shaping our sustainable future, on a local and national level. The speakers will inspire. The workshops will engage. Expect to master knowledge and skills that will improve your performance and market share while honing your collective ability to make the difference you want to make. Register for the event here.

Marja Preston speaks at BLOOM SEATTLE

February 7th 2013, 6pm 1927 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA bloomseattle Bloom! is Seattle’s Green TED – an evening of innovative speakers working in sustainability: social, environmental, and economic. Eight speakers, including our very own Marja Preston, will have eight minutes each to inspire us with their stories, and the bar will have all night to inspire us with their cocktails. Get your tickets for Thursday, February 7th! They've got a serious rockstar lineup for you talking about the likes of nuclear power, cupcakes, commercial and residential development, food forests, and re-inventing the toilet. To learn more about the speakers, see the Bloom Seattle website. Get your early bird tickets here. Because of Bloom’s history of selling out, they have moved to a larger venue in downtown Seattle: 1927 Events (1927 3rd Ave).

GROW - Intergenerational Living Workshop

January 26th 2013, 1-4pm Vineyard Lane - Fireside Room, Bainbridge Island We want your ideas! Are you interested in joining the Grow Team to explore intergenerational living options at Grow Community? We will be hosting a workshop to gather your thoughts and plan these spaces. Click the link below for more details.

Learn more and RSVP for this workshop here

GROW - Community Center Design Workshop

January 12th 2013 Vineyard Lane - Fireside Room, Bainbridge Island We want your ideas! Are you interested in joining the Grow Team to help shape the neighborhood Community Center at Grow Community? We will be hosting a series of interactive workshops in January to gather your thoughts and plan these spaces. Click the links below for more details. Grow Phase 3 Workshop - Community Center Design: Sat, Jan 12 - 1-4pm

Learn more and RSVP for this workshop here

Green and Energy Star Appraising - How Agents Effect the Process #C7185

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 9am - 4.30pm Grow Model Homes, Bainbridge Island This 7-clock hour class is designed to give Puget Sound real estate brokers and home inspectors a thorough knowledge of green and energy efficient features and benefits from the appraiser’s perspective. You will learn to identify the specific components of green and energy efficient homes with an understanding of the added value components bring and which components have social/marketing value and which components have quantitative value.

GROWdrinks / Grow Chamber After Hours Event

Thursday, December 13th 2012 5.30-7.30pm Grow Model Homes, Bainbridge Island PHC Construction and Grow Community will be co-hosting the next GROWdrinks - a Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce After Hours event at the Grow Model Homes on Thursday December 13th. Join us and the community at large for an evening of hospitality and a great opportunity for networking.

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'Beyond the Points', AIA Panel Discussion: Summing up Sustainability - LEED vs Built Green in Multifamily Buildings

December 6th 2012, 3 - 5pm GGLO Office Marja Preston, President of Grow Community, will be one of 4 panelists for Part 2: Summing up Sustainability, of a discussion, hosted by AIA Seattle, about LEED vs Built Green in Multifamily Buildings. This discussion will continue this conversation by addressing the more visionary sustainable certification systems of Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and One Planet Living in the context of multifamily housing. These certification systems challenge the city and developers to take sustainability a step further. Practical implementation of these systems will be discussed by leaders of these organizations and the city. Go here for more details and to register for the event.

YMCA Earth Service Corps Vision 2029 Summit

December 7th 2012, 9 - 1pm The Metrocenter YMCA (909 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104) Join some of our youngest environmental advocates at the annual YMCA Earth Service Corps Vision 2029 Summit! TOMORROW. Grow team member Greg Lotakis will be hosting a discussion table on Low Impact Design. Click here for more details.

Sustainable Seattle's 2012 Sustainability Leadership Awards Dinner

November 15th 2012, 6-9pm Daybreak Star Cultural Center 3801 West Government Way Grow Community has been nominated for the 2012 Sustainability Leadership Award! The award dinner is on November 15 and will recognize change agents of the Puget Sound region - community nominated businesses, organizations, and one ex ceptional individual for their leadership, innovation and commitments to sustainability. Check out the full list of nominees here: Want to attend or learn more about the event? click here Thank you Sustainable Seattle for this great honor!

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Grow Drinks - Seattle

November 7th 2012, 7-9pm the HUB, Seattle - Pioneer Square Have you heard about Grow Community? A net-zero One Planet community under construction on Bainbridge Island. Want to learn more? Thinking about living here? Join us for a positive evening of connection: drink some wine, eat some cheese, and partake in some stimulating conversation. NOVEMBER 7th, 7-9pm at the HUB – Seattle, Pioneer Square. Don’t miss the fun!

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Jonathan Davis Speaks at 'Green Homes Event'

Tuesday, October 23rd 2012, 7 - 8.30pm Bainbridge Island Public Library The Bainbridge Library and Housing Resources Board Community Land Trust are sponsoring a “Home at the Library” speakers series that explores how diverse housing builds community. This month: Green, Energy Efficient Homes, a conversation about building the future with intention. The smartest investment in our community may be the energy saving elements we use in our homes. Don't miss this event for a conversation that will explore cutting edge energy and green practices in residential construction such as zero gain and passive home building. Our Grow Community Architect, Jonathan Davis of Davis Studio Architecture and Design will be one of three speakers.

green homes event

Pumpkin Carving with Peacock Pre-schoolers

Monday, October 22nd 2012, 10am Grow Model Homes, Bainbridge Island Fall is upon us. In celebration of the season children from our wonderful neighborhood daycare, Peacock Family Center, will be joining the Grow Team to carve pumpkins. Come by the model homes later in the week to view their creations, and stop by for some trick-or-treating fun on Halloween! RIGHT: Aria and Ocean collecting the pumpkins at our local pumpkin patch. BELOW: Pre-schoolers from Peacock Family Center carving our pumpkins!


Solar Washington - 2012 National Solar Tour

October 6th 2012, 10am - 4pm Grow Model Homes, Bainbridge Island Come visit us at Grow on Saturday, October 6th as our homes will be one of the stops on the 2012 National Solar Tour. You will meet our team, tour our homes, learn more about why we pursued Net Zero Homes through solar, and learn more about our partners. You can find details of the tour here. A special thanks to Puget Sound Energy who will also be joining us to better help you understand how Net Metering works, production incentive programs, and other ways you can make your home more energy efficient. The tour hours are from 10am to 4pm. Swing by the farmer's market, tour the community solar project on City Hall, and then take a very short walk up to Grow Community to visit our work including three net zero energy homes, a solar powered welcome center, and our electric vehicle charging station for our community nissan leaf!

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Grow Welcome Garden Harvest

October 1st 2012, Noon Grow Model Home Welcome Garden, Bainbridge Island Scott McGowan of Home Grown Organics and our One Planet Champion for Local and Sustainable Food will be leading the 3rd Grade Class from the Madrona School in harvesting our garden. The effort is part of an educational program in local and organic foods. The kids will harvest, learn to cook with some of the vegetables, and provide some to the food kitchen at Helpline House on Bainbridge.  

garden harvest

Washington Environmental Council Event at Grow

October 2nd 2012, 6-8pm Grow Model Homes, Bainbridge Island Grow Community will be hosting the Washington Environmental Council (WEC) on Tuesday evening, October 2nd. Our architect, Jonathan Davis, will be speaking along with support from Project Manager, Greg Lotakis. This event is intended to educate, inform and showcase the efforts of Grow Community and WEC in advancing clean water & green infrastructure solutions. The evening will consist of a home tour, presentation from the Grow team and updates on the work of WEC. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Darren Gray at 26.464.8578,, or Brent Parrish 206.631.2612,

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