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Joining Forces with Growing Power to Build Greenhouses

Maglio has joined forces with the non-profit organization Growing Power right here at our Milwaukee location.
Growing Power’s mission is helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner. This partnership will provide even more locally grown food for our communities.

We have constructed11 hoop houses. The first crop was planted and harvested in early August. Growing Power has other hoop houses around Milwaukee with romaine, spring mix, kale and greens. We have access to help sell all of that local product. All of the locations are GAP certified by the USDA.

Our houses should produce into November when we lose daylight. They can be replanted with hardy crops like kale and harvested through the winter. To heat the houses, piles of compost are placed in each corner of the house and will generate heat at around 160F.
The base of the planting bed is wood chips. Growing Power produces their own soil by collecting food waste from restaurants, beer producers and food manufacturers like us. They mix the compost with finely chipped wood and add worms (from their worm farm). This soil is placed in bed rows on top of the wood chips and the greenhouse-grown transplants are placed in it.

Using our produce-specific software, we are proving the financial viability of these local production facilities. Until now, they operated by grants and charitable funding to support the mission of Growing Power. Now we will track all of the input costs (seed, soil, labor, water), postharvest costs (washing, packing, palletization) sales costs and delivery costs.

Growing Power also has operations in Chicago and Indianapolis. They farm fish (tilapia and perch) with watercress and other plants grown hydroponically above the fish.

 

 

About Maglio Companies
Headquartered in Glendale, Wisconsin, Maglio Companies is a produce processor, repacker, distributor, and logistics provider. Since 1902, the company has been offering the freshest and best produce with old-fashioned, conscientious quality and service.

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