Iowa Homeless Shelter Debuts Growing Dome

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Growing DomeDES MOINES, Iowa – Central Iowa Shelter and Services, located at 1420 Mulberry St., debuts its growing dome Thursday after months of testing its gardening potential and a lot of help from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

With labor and material donations from DuPont Pioneer, CISS constructed a 30-foot diameter growing dome, equipped with newly-installed microgreen beds, to grow fresh produce year-round, as well as host nutrition education and basic greenhouse management training for its clients. The fresh produce is used in the CISS kitchen, giving its clients fresher, healthier food. In the future, CISS says its hope is to sell excess produce to high-end restaurants in Des Moines, using the profits to benefit the sustainability of the greenhouse program.

The center’s Community Kitchen program has provided homeless and extremely low-income individuals better food choices, and employed homeless adults in the process. CISS says the greenhouse helps the organization…

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