Jeremiah House breaks ground on new greenhouse

Friday, May 31, 2019
Jeremiah Recovery House in Green Forest broke ground last week on a new hydroponic greenhouse. Pictured from left to right are Jeremiah House Executive Director Vickie Poulson, Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey, State Rep. Ron McNair, Green Forest Public Works Director Buddy Fry and Ken Wingate, president of The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Photo courtesy of The Greater Berryville Area Chamber of Commerce

By Billy Stidham

GREEN FOREST — The Jeremiah Recovery House broke ground at the sight of its new hydroponic greenhouse Thursday, May 23.

The Jeremiah House is a Christ-centered sober-living and recovery home for women established in 2012.

The three-bedroom house has space for up to six women. It contains a small library of mostly self-help books and a large backyard where the residents garden and socialize.

The new hydroponic greenhouse will be a 20-by-24-foot structure built for the purpose of growing produce, which will be sold to help financially support the Jeremiah House.

Former board member Carolyn Biossat said that the greenhouse will also provide employment and learning opportunities for the house residents.

“All of the residents work— although they don’t always come into the program with jobs,” she said, adding that the greenhouse will help them learn about “marketing and invoicing.” She said they’ll also get the opportunity to learn hydroponic gardening skills.

Hydroponic gardening is not like regular gardening, she explained: “It’s all water, there’s no soil needed.” Biossat added that she thinks local businesses and restaurants will be excited to support the Jeremiah House by buying their produce.

The greenhouse has been a long time goal for co-founder and executive director Vickie Poulson who said, “We’ve been saving and praying since 2015.” According to Poulson, they’ve been working toward the project since they moved into the current location, which they purchased from Ross Darby’s family.

Darby is the grandson of the house’s previous owner. He is also a second grade teacher at Green Forest Elementary and serves as the Green Forest Chamber of Commerce president.

The groundbreaking attracted a diverse crowd of residents, community members and supporters, including local and state officials as well as the first ever graduate of the Jeremiah House.

Contractor Glenn Hisaw said he expects to begin work on the structure in two weeks once he has wrapped up his current project.

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