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US (OR): First harvest at John Day greenhouse slated for mid-October

Grant County residents could see locally grown produce in grocery stores and public institutions this year, if the John Day Innovation Gateway greenhouse project proceeds as planned.

Matt Manitsas presented the latest plans for the commercial greenhouse project to the John Day City Council at their Dec. 12 meeting. The council authorized spending $105,000 from the city’s sewer fund to pay for a full-time employee to run the greenhouse and for related materials and services. Manitsas, a Grant Union High School and Oregon State University graduate, was hired to oversee the greenhouse project on Aug. 14.

The city has partnered with Sustainable Water of Glen Allen, Virginia, to build a 5,600-square-foot greenhouse at the former Oregon Pine mill site in John Day. The company is also involved in designing a new wastewater treatment plant for the city.

Greenhouse construction is slated to start in July, with first crop sales by mid-October. The greenhouse is expected to meet 100 percent of John Day’s produce demand, about 1,200 pounds of leafy greens, fruits and herbs per week, and the loans will be paid back through produce sales.

Read more at the Blue Mountain Eagle (Richard Hanners)

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