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Nebraska Farmer Grows Citrus Year-Round

Climate Connections

01:13 min | 5 months ago

Nebraska Farmer Grows Citrus Year-Round

"In alliance nebraska. Winters are cold and windy but for decades retired farmer rest. Fench has been growing tropical fruit year. Round without an energy intensive heating system we have thirteen. Varieties of citrus lemons. Limes ten angelo's tangerines. United finch heat is greenhouse with a geothermal system that takes advantage of the consistent temperatures. Eight feet underground. He first experimented geothermal energy forty years ago when he was building his home he devised a system that pulls air from underground tubes where it's fifty two degrees fahrenheit all year. It worked so well that he installed a similar system in his greenhouse fans. Circulate the air. But that's the only part of the system that uses electricity so it's good for the climate and he says the greenhouse cost less than a dollar a day to run we've taken the cost of energy completely out of the equation fench almost ninety years old and he's still growing fruit year round and now he's helping more people do the same. He sells geothermal. Greenhouse building kits so other small farmers can grow citrus in the snow.

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