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A low energy use geothermal greenhouse that is used to grow healthy fruits and vegetables that will be donated to the Veteran's home, local food pantries and groups that combat hunger in our district. The grass plots, forestry, pollinators and education area will be used by our schools and community to learn about alternative farming, sustainable agriculture, careers and protecting our natural resources.

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Address: 100547 Airport Road
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Email: jberge-sauter@npnrd.org
Phone Number: 308-632-2749
The project is an outdoor educational facility including a geothermal greenhouse 138'x17', 70 plots of native and introduced grasses, a learning/classroom area, tree identification plantings and a perimeter of pollinators.
The greenhouse is used to grow vegetables and citrus which is donated to the Veterans Home and other groups that combat hunger such as CAPWN and the counties they serve. Over 700 lbs of vegetables have been donated so far since the last week of June 2018!
Geothermal greenhouses use less water and energy than traditional above ground and we feel it is a perfect way to teach conservation. There is an educational area planned within for students and volunteers to learn planting, care and alternative farming techniques and crops. Many different crops will be grown in the NPNRD greenhouse such as oranges, tangerines, kiwi, avocados, figs, lemons, limes, bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kale, peas, beans, spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, celery, and more. All produce will be weighed to determine the value of crops grown. This will encourage and be a starting point for new farming ideas.
The native grass area will be an invaluable resource for students learning plant science, range judging, and local ecology. Community members who want to add grasses or trees to their properties, will appreciated the plots of native mixtures for the Conservation Reserve Program including CP-1, CP-2, CP-4A, and CP-25 mixtures, several grass mixes for wildlife, haying or grazing, and 70 different types of trees and shrubs.
Volunteers have worked over 500 hrs at the greenhouse, planting, picking and working on the dreaded soil prep! We are proud so many have come out to help us get started.
Local support for this project has been amazing, and we are so thankful how our community has circled around this educational endeavor with confidence and generosity.