FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College is erecting a large, state-of-the-art greenhouse at its Fort Wayne campus.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports the 3,000-square-foot facility is being financed by $486,000 in donations and grants. It is slated to open this fall.

The school says it will have hydroponics capabilities — growing plants with water and no soil — which will be a boon for agriculture students.

The school also plans to allow its’ culinary and hospitality programs to use produce grown in it.

Ivy Tech hopes the greenhouse will eventually become self-sustaining with solar panels, a wind turbine and a rainwater collection system.

Information from: The Journal Gazette,

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