Introducing The Greenhouse Project


In just seven days a pepper seed can
sprout. In just three months a tomato plant can fruit. And in just 10 years a
small nonprofit can create a community that thrives on giving, growing and
teaching. In 2008, The Greenhouse Project was founded upon the mission of
providing fresh produce for residents of Nevada’s capital through food banks in
the community, as well as educating students and the public about local
organic agriculture. Area volunteers teamed up with Carson City School
District to construct a 2,100 square- foot greenhouse and outdoor planting area on the campus of Carson High School. Managed largely by an AmeriCorps member, aided by high school students and community volunteers, the organization
made its first donation of tomatoes to a local food bank in 2010. Since then, we
have grown and donated over 12,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to the underserved. We have taught community courses on how to garden in our
challenging high desert climate and how to incorporate organic practices into
everyday life. We have helped teach students skills that will benefit the
next generation. We have expanded beyond the original site, known as Green Central,
establishing a second production garden at Carson Tahoe Medical Center. This site, named the Foothill Garden, has produced donations to the local meals-on-wheels
service and to a residential home for children with special needs. Now, with two full-time managers, a team of AmeriCorps members, high school students and
dedicated community support, there’s so much we can accomplish in the next 10
years. Please support us in our efforts to fight food insecurity in Carson City.

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