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SEEDS gets a little brighter in Nelson's Lakeside greenhouses

With SEEDS volunteers are Martech contracting and IBEW union local 1003. Steve Jmieff (MARTECH, back row center) and Ray Keen (IBEW, back row right). - photo submitted
With SEEDS volunteers are Martech contracting and IBEW union local 1003. Steve Jmieff (MARTECH, back row center) and Ray Keen (IBEW, back row right).
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The greenhouses at Lakeside Park have gone tropical.

Thanks to a generous donation from Martech Electric and installation done by IBEW union local 1003, SEEDS greenhouses now have grow lights.

“The greenhouse looks like a radiant floating vessel, illuminating the park,” said SEEDS coordinator Lee Reid. “We now have 12 hours of sunshine, daily, which will send us into a level of food production that we never dreamed was possible.”

SEEDS stands for Seniors Economic Environment Development Society and consists of seniors, youth, and families who are interested in food security and making use of once idle greenhouses at Lakeside Park. Together, they grow organic greens for use in the community.

The brilliant metal halide lights arrived at the greenhouse just before Christmas and now, growing indoors is possible throughout the darkest winter months.

“Gardening is a sunny day every day now at the greenhouse.”

Volunteers celebrated the generous donation of lights and installation.

“We want to acknowledge the generosity of these men who serve the community, and are usually behind the scenes,” said Reid.

This story will appear in a coming issues of the West Kootenay Advertiser.

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