Greenhouses: The Solution for Year-Round Local Food?

Written by Cole Mellino and reposted with permission from EcoWatch

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy local produce year round when you live in colder climates?

EcoWatch has featured all sorts of innovative solutions for year-round sustainable agriculture. Some of these include two young entrepreneurs who are turning old shipping containers into high-tech indoor farms, and another entrepreneur who produced a step-by-step guide on how to build a passive solar greenhouse that utilizes renewable energy and is built from natural and recycled materials.

We’ve also featured a Swedish couple that built a greenhouse around their home to grow food and keep warm, and a solar-powered “farm from a box” that has everything you need to run an off-grid farm.

In colder climates, greenhouses and hoop houses, which extend the growing season, are crucial to providing a year-round supply of local food.

To learn more on how greenhouses can bring us local produce during winter months, listen to this interview with BrightFarms CEO Paul Lightfoot on NPR’s All Things Considered:

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Jerome S
Jerome S7 months ago


Jim V
Jim V7 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Dennis Hall
Dennis Habout a year ago

Thank you.

Robert N.
Rob Chloe Sam Nabout a year ago

Interesting, Thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Melissa M.
Melissa M1 years ago

YES! Such a good idea.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Connie O.
Connie O2 years ago


Beth M.
Beth M2 years ago

Good idea. I love fresh veggies, but am always afraid of what is on them in the stores.

Rory S.
Rory S2 years ago

I prefer to import from poorer countries where the money does more good