MARYSVILLE, Kan. – Transition Plus Association received a $10,000 grant for a greenhouse tower farm. The grant is provided through Frontier Farm Credit’s Working Here Fund. Transition Plus is a project of the Marshall County Partnership 4 Growth economic development team.
The Working Here Fund grant will be used to help purchase and set up a Stuppy Rainbow Super Commercial greenhouse on the former school property in Summerfield, Marshall County. The greenhouse will be used by former military that want to learn how to farm through planting, growing harvesting and distributing the produce. The greenhouse will be located on the former school property offering an indoor/outdoor education site including a community kitchen to package, distribute and market the produce.
“A year-round greenhouse will provide for the training and future ability for former military to have their own farm,” said Ellen Barber, Economic Development Director with Marshall County Partnership 4 Growth. “The barrier of the cost of hundreds of acres of land and expensive equipment is removed with tower farming.”
“We value the opportunity to support local organizations dedicated to improving the rural communities where we live and work,” said Karla Rosell, Vice President of retail operations at Frontier Farm Credit’s Marysville office.
Transition Plus Association received an expanded Working Here Fund grant, through which Frontier Farm Credit awards up to $10,000 to support projects focused on agricultural education, hunger and nutrition, young and beginning producers or essential services and rural disaster relief. Barber says, “With the help of Frontier Farm Credit, we are able to help revitalize this rural area known as a ‘food desert’ with fresh food.”
Over 40% of veterans would like to get into farming once they transition into civilian life. Yet the land and equipment costs prohibit many from going into the business. Summerfield is a great rural place to learn high-tech farming through farming produce aeroponically. A tower farm will allow the veterans to learn this unique growing system, or develop other ag-related start-up businesses. The purpose of this Working Here grant is to help finance a greenhouse for the growing of aeroponic produce that will be used to help sustain the agricultural education and business center so that the veteran training program can be sustainable in any season.