The focal point of the Green House Venture is our STEM Education Center with approximately 8,000 square feet of growing and learning space, located at the intersection of Lawrence and DeTonty Streets. When constructed, it will contain a greenhouse, a classroom, a growing gallery, and a teaching lab, all designed to stimulate an interest in science, urban food production, community engagement, sustainability and economic development.
Inside the facility, the Venture will demonstrate a number of sophisticated aquaponic growing techniques involving fish breeding, plant fertilization from fish tanks, soilless beds, and vertical plant growing. Outside, it will feature a weather station, an ozone garden, a shade trellis, a climbing fruit garden, a pollinator garden, and light-weight aeroponic growing on a roof-top terrace. Across DeTonty Street on the I-44 hillside, we have already completed the Embankment Green, a 3.7-acre expanse that features our Terrace Garden and Pollinator Recovery Habitat. The Green House Venture is one of the first programs in the nation to develop such a space in response to a 2015 directive from the Federal Highway Commission to plant flowers and vegetation along federal highways that attract bees and butterflies to revitalize the pollinator population.