Mishawaka Community Educational Greenhouse


In 2016, the City of Mishawaka entered into a partnership with the School City of Mishawaka to utilize a small “greenhouse” located on the 2nd floor of Mishawaka High School. The City was allowed access to the room to grow plant material for the City and in return, offered an after-school program aimed at engaging students in horticulture and various landscaping practices.

The club quickly outgrew the small 200 square foot greenhouse and launched a campaign to locate and fund something much grander. The students, along with Mishawaka High School and the Mishawaka Parks Department, conducted a successful fundraiser to construct a new greenhouse to be used for program. Thanks to strong leadership in the Parks Department and involvement from local partners like the St. Joseph Valley Mastergardeners, a wide range of programing options that have not been possible until now can now be offered to the community. Monthly classes with community partners will be designed to engage anyone in the community who may be interested in horticulture and gardening.

Located across the street from the Battell Community Center, the new structure will be maintained by the Parks Department and provide 1,200 square feet of growing space to bolster the planting needs of the City while providing many new educational opportunities to students. The exterior of the greenhouse will include a small garden area where students will be able to plant vegetables and other plants to show what is happening each season in the greenhouse.

Once complete, the greenhouse will be a huge asset to the City of Mishawaka.