US (MT): Hybrid farm opened in downtown Billings

In its effort to provide hope, dignity, and love within nurturing environments, St. John's United is extending its mission into downtown Billings.

This expansion is marked by the grand opening of the St. John's United Urban Horticulture Education Center Greenhouse, a significant milestone for the Billings community. Notable figures such as Mayor Bill Cole and BPS Superintendent Dr. Erwin Garcia will join the festivities at 502 N. 30th St. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This dedication ceremony commemorates a remarkable public-private partnership between two community-focused organizations: Billings Public Schools and St. John's United. Together, they have forged a unique collaboration aimed at supplying St. John's residents with a steady source of fresh produce while also creating an educational hub for students.

Residents can also participate in this initiative by volunteering at the UHEC Greenhouse, offering them the opportunity to work alongside students and establish meaningful intergenerational connections. The Greenhouse's sustainable design also includes rainwater harvesting through nine collection barrels, ensuring a year-round water supply. Fundraising efforts are currently underway to equip the building with solar panels and a net meter, making the Greenhouse entirely self-sustaining.

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