Ivy Tech considering $3 million indoor farming operation in South Bend

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By: Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A proposal is under consideration in South Bend to build a $3 million indoor farming operation at Ivy Tech Community College.

Green Sense Farms of Portage wants to build the facility. Ivy Tech Chancellor Thomas Coley says he’ll present the plan to trustees in December. It also needs approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

The South Bend Tribune reports that under the plan, Green Sense Farms would lease land from the college and build and equip the farm operation. Ivy Tech students would be able to work at the “vertical farming” facility to gain training and eventually earn related degrees from the college.

The company’s Portage location produces about 3 million plants per year for groceries and restaurants.

The proposal was discussed Wednesday at the college.