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, childhood nutrition, 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, conversion of fish waste to nutrients for edible plants, soilless beds, and vertical plant growing. Outside, it will feature a weather station, an ozone garden, climbing fruitless trellises, a growing wall, a pollinator garden, and light-weight hydroponic growing arrays on a roof-top terrace. Across DeTonty Street on the I-44 hillside, we have already completed the Embankment Greenway, 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 Administration to plant native flowering plants and vegetation along federal highways that attract native bees and butterflies to revitalize the pollinator populations.