Community center announces greenhouse is complete

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Eureka Springs Community Center continues to grow its offerings to the community, this time with a completed greenhouse on-site.

In 2017, the community center received a grant for $25,000 from the AT&T Foundation to create a community greenhouse and education center on their site. While plans were being made for the greenhouse construction, the community center's board of directors initiated some of the educational aspects specified in the grant by working with the University of Arkansas Agricultural Division, the Cooperative Extension Center, the Southern Sustainable Research Education Group and the local high school in hosting workshops and seminars on vegetable production and professional growing.

These events took place at the community center and were very well-attended. Now, the actual greenhouse has been completed and its operation and management will be handled through another collaboration. The community center has joined forces with the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission to operate and manage the greenhouse.

The parks commission will use 50 percent of the space for cultivating plants for public spaces and will partner with local organizations for use of the other 50 percent. In exchange, they will manage the greenhouse, produce educational programs and host plant sales to help fund the greenhouse's overhead expenses. The educational classes will continue as interest grows in specific areas of horticulture.

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