Inner-city greenhouse will grow food for the homeless in Manchester
"We're probably not going to grow everything we need, but this will save a tremendous amount of money," said Executive Director Charlie Sherman. "We serve a tremendous amount of produce — 220 salads a day, seven days a week."
New Horizons considered expansion on the site, but decided against waging a $2 million capital campaign that would be needed to do so.
Aluminum framing will be used to hang the polycarbonate panels — hard plastic that will funnel the sun's rays into the greenhouse. Sherman said he is still working out details, including finding a master gardener to oversee the greenhouse, training volunteers and finding donations for soil, beds and seed.
Sherman expects to have plants growing by the beginning of the fall. He said lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and beans will grow in the greenhouse. During the winter, he plans to grow more hardy crops such as kale and cabbage.
"We are thrilled to be able to work with New Horizons and provide a vehicle for them to increase their self-sufficiency," Rimol owner Mike Marrett said in prepared remarks.
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