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Lisbon farm looks to the web for funding to repair damaged greenhouse

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LISBON - A greenhouse at the Clements Agricultural Research Institute at Iroquois Farm was blown over in high winds Nov. 16. Now the institute is looking for $50,000 to rebuild.

The greenhouse, located at 10951 Route 37, was going to be used this winter to supply The Kitchen, a restaurant at Iroquois Farm, with fresh greens throughout the season.

Clements Agricultural Research Institute President Mahlon T. Clements said they are hoping to get the greenhouse fixed and operational again as soon as possible to help the restaurant.

The Kitchen opened in the summer, run by Joshua P. Taillon, and features locally sourced menu options as a model of sustainability.

In order to raise the money needed to rebuild, Mr. Clements said, he is turning to the Internet.

A fundraising campaign was launched on Indiegogo, a website that enables people to donate to the cause and receive rewards depending on the level they give.

Launched on Nov. 27, the campaign has garnered several hundred dollars in donations. The campaign will run until Jan. 1.

Rewards being offered to donors include dinner for two at The Kitchen, a one night stay at the Tilden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast – another business that benefits from the destroyed greenhouse – and lifetime membership in the Clements Agricultural Research Institute.

In addition to simply rebuilding the greenhouse the campaign, if successful, will also enable the institute to modernize the facility.

With $50,000 the institute hopes to finish engineering a geothermal system to help heat the greenhouse, in addition to others located nearby, and add a pellet stove.

Mr. Clements said time is of the essence in this campaign because the restaurant is relying on it for fresh produce.

The Clements Agricultural Research Institute is a nonprofit research institute focusing on increasing the public’s awareness of agriculture and researching sustainable farming techniques.

To donate or to find more information about the campaign, go online to www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebuild-the-greenhouse

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