Workers from The Greenhouses of Hope at the Pacific Garden Mission discuss closing the loop.
The Greenhouses of Hope are organized by Nance Klehm; from her description: the greenhouses grow soil, food, and people! The Greenhouses opened on October 15, 2007. Two to four program individuals work in the greenhouses. They are trained in seed and plant propagation, insect management, vermicomposting, pruning, and basic horticultural skills. The cafeteria of Pacific Garden Mission on average turns out 500 pounds of food a week. The Greenhouses match the cafeteria waste with what the worms can eat (approximately 300 to 500 pounds per week). The worm castings are then used to grow ornamental plants for the building and vegetables that are used in the cafeteria. The Greenhouses of Hope “closes the loop!” Food – Waste – Soil – Food.