The Beverly K. Greenehouse
Our onsite greenhouse was built and fully operational by November 2021. It is named after Beverly K. Greene, the late matriarch of the Greene family, who sponsored its planning and construction.
The Greenehouse is 6,000 square feet, featuring a hydroponic growing system by the Ohio-based company Cropking. It is used to grow 14 different kinds of fresh lettuce, which we distribute directly to our neighbors through our Drive Thru produce pantry. More than 15,000 heads of lettuce have been harvested so far, with a current average of 1,400 heads/month.
We leave the roots attached to the lettuce we distribute and include a note explaining that it not only helps keep it fresher for longer but can also be replanted for a continuous harvest at home. This process of growing and distributing fresh greens for our neighbors provides a multitude of educational opportunities for volunteers, employees, interns, school field trips and anyone interested in taking a tour.