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1st Farm to School Greenhouse Opens in Fairfield

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FAIRFIELD, Iowa - The first and only Farm to School Greenhouse hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday afternoon.

The two year project started with the help of a USDA grant.

The Jefferson County Farm to School Greenhouse is located at 1000 West Stone Avenue in Fairfield.

The project is a partnership between a manufacturing plant and Hometown Harvest.

Hometown Harvest Project Leader Jan Swinton says the manufacturing plant has waste heat at their disposal. This is said to create an ideal greenhouse growing environment.

The ribbon cutting Friday brings the project one step closer to providing lunches on school menus.

"We're calling this the end of the construction phase. Construction tends to keep going forever, but this is the end of the construction phase. We're onto the production phase now, and so we've had master gardeners in here planting seeds. We've had kids coming in here to help harvest and to help with putting in the wood chips and there's just been a lot going on," said Swinton.

Right now cold season produce has been planted and next greens, snow peas and carrots will be served in Fairfield school cafeterias before the end of the school year.

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