East Boston Gets A Geothermal Greenhouse

Photo: Brooke McCarthy / WBZ News Radio

EAST BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's a hidden gem in East Boston and now Eastie Farm is getting the farm's first greenhouse.

It isn't just any addition, the geothermal greenhouse will also act as a climate solution. It will divert rain water to irrigate plants and help prevent flooding in the surrounding neighborhood. The greenhouse will also use green electricity through the City Of Boston Community Choice Energy program and geothermal wells to heat and cool the inside of the greenhouse year round.

"So the geothermal wells that we put in here will warm up the space inside the greenhouse in winter. And keep it at mid-50's which means the soil will not freeze," farm director Kannan Thiruvengadam told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy.

The farm was established in 2015 and became more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing food for the local community.

"We need food security here. That became apparent during the pandemic when the health crisis became an economic crisis," Thiruvengadam said.

Today, the farm supplies produces boxes each month to elderly people living in public housing.

WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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