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US (NC): No pesticides for manager of self-sustaining Kresge Greenhouse

The Kresge Greenhouse at the University of North Carolina Wilmington exists to serve a utilitarian purpose: growing plants for the faculty and staff of the department of biology and marine biology to use during lab sessions.

The facility does that, but there's more than meets the eye going on in this 2,250-square-foot glasshouse due in no small part to the energy and enthusiasm of greenhouse manager Jennifer Messer. She started managing the greenhouse seven and a half years ago after completing her masters of environmental science degree at UNCW.

Messer's master's thesis is a sustainable greenhouse management process that can be used in state-run facilities and commercial greenhouses. She has spoken to the Hobby Greenhouse Club and other plant societies around Wilmington, sharing information that helps homeowners use principles of sustainability in their own smaller home greenhouses.

Click here for the complete interview with Jennifer Messer

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