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Produce expected soon from one-acre greenhouse
by Patricia Boland

The Review, Vol. 20, #5    Translate This Article
Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, United States
10 November 2004

The University's highly anticipated one-acre greenhouse has now been completed, and planting began last month. According to Tom Brooks, manager of Maharishi University of Management Farms, almost half the ground has been planted and the first crops are expected around the end of November.

Along with the two smaller greenhouses on campus, this largest greenhouse, located five miles north of campus, will continue to supply the University dining hall through winter. Vegetables similar to those grown at the University farms over the summer will be cultivated. These include lettuce, bok choy, zucchini, chard, kale, collard, a variety of beans, broccoli and much more. At full capacity, the one-acre greenhouse can produce up to 800 pounds of vegetables a day.

With only a few mechanical and electrical details to be completed, the staff continues to work the soil, put in drip lines, mulch and generally prepare the soil for further planting.

'The greenhouse is really a work of art,' said Burton Milward, one of the greenhouse staff. 'The whole ceiling along the 300-foot length of the greenhouse has been vented—you can just turn a switch and the roof opens up or closes.'

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