Thermostats inside the greenhouse collect data that is documented every 10 minutes, and the information can be seen on the greenhouse’s website. Also, Swinton gets an update on her smartphone if the humidity levels inside the facility get too high or low.
The total budget for THE Greenhouse was $67,600. To help fund the project and get the construction completed, Jefferson County Public Health, Alliant Energy, Trans-Canada Pipeline, the Iowa Department of Agriculture Land Stewardship and several members of the community donated money and volunteer hours.
“I have a gazillion of people to thank,” Swinton said. “It’s been a learning experience and a lot of fun.”
— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh