US (NE): Container farm will host courses and community programs

A repurposed shipping container will soon bring academic and community opportunities to the Gifford Park neighborhood, thanks to Metropolitan Community College (MCC).

This indoor, vertical growing system runs on solar power and uses less water than traditional farming. Once it’s fully up and running, the farm is expected to produce more than two acres of food over the course of a year. Lettuce, kale, basil, flowers, radishes, and other root vegetables are expected to grow inside.

Organizers are hoping to grow vegetation that the community may be missing from other countries to promote a connection to different cultures. The farm will act as a classroom for MCC students and host community programming for people of all ages.

“Our hope is to really reach people in the Gifford Park neighborhood and throughout the greater Omaha area. This farm is the first in Omaha and the first in Nebraska that’s really going to focus on education,” said Gary Girard, Associate Vice President of Community and Workforce Education with MCC.

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