DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless shelter in downtown Des Moines has installed a greenhouse that will enable the organization to grow vegetables year-round.
The residents at Central Iowa Shelter & Services will be able to learn about harvesting and selling the produce grown at the greenhouse. The hope is that they will be able to use those skills to help find work.
The construction of the dome-shaped greenhouse was finished over the weekend. It has been named Mulberry Farms and Food.
Inside of the greenhouse is a 3,000-gallon water pool which shelter officials say lettuce will likely grow in.
The shelter's executive director says he hopes vegetables can be planted by the end of the summer.