Fascinating Man Grows Citrus Even in Snow With His Geothermal Greenhouse (WATCH)

Fascinating Man Grows Citrus Even in Snow With His Geothermal Greenhouse (WATCH)

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Russ Finch Greenhouse screenshot Harvest Public Media

On Nebraska’s high plains, in the middle of a bitter Midwestern winter, you can still pick oranges, lemons and grapefruit–because the citrus grows in a geothermal greenhouse.

The remarkable fact is, although he needed $22,000 to set it up, it costs virtually nothing to keep heated throughout the winter–because the warmth comes from under ground.

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It’s creator, the fascinating Russ Finch, says it is rare to see any successful year-round greenhouses in that part of the country because energy costs are just too high. His building design costs only one dollar a day to operate.

A series of pipes take freezing winter air from outside to eight feet underground, where the earth — at a constant 52-degrees — warms it. Sunlight through the greenhouse’s wall and roof panels heats the air even more, so there is no need for electric or gas heaters.

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“To prove the system would work, we knew we had to grow something besides geraniums and roses,” Finch told Harvest Public Media.

So he planted citrus and figs, and produced a healthy crop in the heart of winter.

Finch now boasts the ability to grow “any tropical plant” — even bananas – in his newest design.

(WATCH the video below or READ more at NPR News) — Photos: Harvest Public Media

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