Adam Brock is a Denver-born facilitator, entrepreneur and author with a commitment to advancing sustainability and social change. As co-founder of The GrowHaus, Adam helped transform an abandoned half-acre greenhouse into an award-winning center for healthy food access and urban agriculture. At JVA, Adam helps clients plan for the future by facilitating strategic planning initiatives. And he helps them incorporate earned income sources into their work through social enterprise and business planning. Adam is the author of Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation, published by North Atlantic Books in 2017. He was a TEDxMileHigh speaker, and has been named one of “Colorado’s Top Thinkers” by the Denver Post.
Chinook Fund | Strategic Planning
Chinook Fund, a foundation dedicated to supporting Colorado grassroots organizations at the front lines of racial equity and social justice, hired JVA in 2018 to conduct stakeholder engagement and facilitation of its strategic planning retreat, which Adam led.
Natural Resources Defense Council | Meeting Facilitation
NRDC, a pioneer in food-waste reduction, hired JVA to identify and convene two dozen nonprofits, municipal agencies and businesses with a stake in managing food waste in Denver. The resulting event and report led to a 5280 Magazine cover story and a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for a citywide food waste characterization study.
Metro State University | Curriculum Development
In 2017, MSU Denver hired JVA to redesign its Nonprofit Studies program. Adam managed curriculum development for nine college-level courses, incorporating interactive learning activities, service learning and suggested guest lecturers. The revised courses launched in Fall 2018.
Denver Food Rescue | Social Enterprise Development
In 2016, Denver Food Rescue hired JVA to develop a social enterprise business model for food access. Adam worked with DFR staff to perform market research, develop financial models and identify potential target markets for the new venture. The resulting initiative, Bondadosa, launched in 2017 and has begun delivering produce to customers via bicycle.
Adam has a degree in ecological design from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He also has certificates in permaculture design and facilitation.
Adam is co-founder of the Denver Permaculture Guild, lead instructor for the Denver Permaculture Design Course and the former co-chair of Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council.
When he’s not consulting, writing or teaching, Adam enjoys growing obscure edible plants like goldenberry and sorrel.
Adam is a JVA trainer for Social Enterprise Basecamp, Earned Income for Nonprofits, Pricing Your Services and Executive Director Academy. He also facilitates our nonprofit and social enterprise networking events every second Wednesday of the month.