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Sep 02

What is your Greenhouse Vision?

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What is your Greenhouse Vision?

Paul Boers has been helping bring our customers’ dreams to fruition for over five decades now. We pride ourselves on sharing in your vision and offering you the best possible greenhouse solution to meet your needs. As you can imagine, we have heard some pretty crazy “dreams” over the years but a recent project in Appleton, Wisconsin was a true first for us.

Riverview Gardens is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise, focused on job training for people in need, utilizing urban farming practices. They provide fresh produce via CSA shares and sell directly to some local institutions as well. Riverview Gardens is situated on 72 acres near downtown Appleton that used to be a country club. They are currently are growing almost year-round in 20 cold-frames.

We started talking with Riverview just over a year ago about their desire to provide fresh produce to the community all 52 weeks of the year. That in itself is normal–we get similar requests weekly to help provide our customers season/market extension. However, they also had a strong desire to utilize the abandoned swimming pool, locker rooms and existing deck space that had been abandoned when the country club closed. They wanted to “upcycle” the existing infrastructure as opposed to bulldozing it into a hole.

We are very happy to report that yet another one of Paul Boers’ customer’s dreams are indeed becoming reality! Our design team helped Riverview Gardens develop a “Deep Water Culture” (DWC) hydroponic system to utilize the existing swimming pool. Paired with one of our Herculon gutter connect greenhouses and an additional NFT growing tray system along the pool deck, we estimate an annual harvest of nearly 250,000 heads of lettuce!

We at Paul Boers pride ourselves on helping take your dreams and bring them to reality. Call us today to see how we can do just that for you.
Adam Lagerwerf

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