The greenhouse serves as the hub of many urban farming operations, and often serves as a neighborhood hub as well. At The Food Project’s greenhouse at West Cottage Street Farm in Roxbury (top left), 40 raised beds are dedicated for community use. In Springfield, Gardening the Community uses their high-tunnel at Hancock Street purely for production (top right), but they have recently installed a new greenhouse down the road, which will enable the organization to grow –and hold community events – year round (bottom left). At Nuestras Raices Farm in Holyoke, greenhouses are used to grow traditional Puerto Rican crops like peppers and plantains, which otherwise would not survive in the chilly New England climate (bottom right).

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