Leafy greens will soon have a chance to grow on cold, wintry days in the Quad-Cities. Parked on cement in the Quad City Botanical Center's parking lot is something called a Freight Farm.

Inside the windowless, metal 302-square-foot freight container, fresh vegetables can be grown year-round — up to 12,000 pounds of produce a year — using hydroponics, which is a water-based growing system.

Nonprofit Tapestry Farms, with support from the John Deere Foundation, will use the Freight Farm to grow and supply fresh vegetables for local food pantries and others.

Tapestry Farms is a refugee services and urban farm nonprofit. Already, the organization grows food during the summer. Last year, led by two former refugees, Tapestry Farms grew and distributed 6,000 pounds of produce to area food pantries, said Executive Director Ann McGlynn during a news conference.

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