Riverview Gardens, a financially self-sustaining social enterprise, focused on job training for people in need, transferred an abandoned swimming pool into a high tech greenhouse operation for the cultivation of leafy greens and vegetables on floating rafts. Last month saw the grand opening of the very interesting hydroponic greenhouse project in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The project was carried out by Miron Construction Co and the greenhouse technology was supplied by Canadian greenhouse manufacturer Paul Boers.

The time lapse video shows exactly how the project was carried out from the start. The engineers designed a greenhouse that could be exactly integrated over the existing situation. The former swimming pool was transformed into a strong foundation for the greenhouse and hydroponic pond. Truckloads with sand and concrete were needed to fill it up.

The hydroponics greenhouse will become the platform for veterans in need in the community of Appleton, to gain critical job training and transitional employment through Riverview Gardens' transformative job-training program, ServiceWorks.

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