Greenhouse Gets Precise Growing with Propane
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Most communities of 500 residents don’t have access to fresh vegetables and herbs, let alone over 70 varieties of perennials.
But residents of a rural part of Indiana can eat healthier and enjoy flourishing fauna because of locally-owned Northend Greenhouse.
Located seven miles outside of the closest small towns of Roann and Akron, the owners use propane to provide consistent heat to grow their delicate flowers and produce.
Other energy sources like electricity, solar, and natural gas were too cost-prohibitive. The quoted infrastructure cost for getting natural gas added at the company’s location was about $70,000 for a 3,400-foot run.
Propane heating systems maintain the precise temperature control for optimum plant growth, ranging no more than 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit of desired temps.
Residents also have peace of mind that their community is protected. If released into the air, propane vaporizes and dissipates, meaning it cannot contaminate groundwater, drinking water, or sensitive habitat. It also produces 43 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than using an equivalent amount of electricity generated from the U.S. grid.