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Alliance High School is going green

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Alliance High School is an education hub, but it also holds a surprise.

"We've been raising all kinds of citrus and tropical plants with nothing but geothermal," Grower Russ Finch said.

Russ Finch built a greenhouse of his own 22 years ago six miles North of the high school.

"We've found that our produce here is probably better than anything in the orange growing regions," Finch said.

Finch's greenhouse was so successful, he wanted to share with the community.

"All these little towns around area always talking about keeping their young people in the area. Nobody's doing anything about it though and this would help," Finch said.

The high school's greenhouse is 1,000 square feet, a six inch tube brings heat from underneath the school's parking lot into the greenhouse.

This system keeps the plants above freezing temperatures.

"They just grow like weeds here, and they produce heavy crops," Finch said.

Finch says the greenhouse is great because it yields a 12 month crop, while most produce grown in the high plains is only for six months.

"It could be a great business opportunity for people in this area," Finch said.

This week Alliance High School students will get to use the greenhouse classroom.

"Some of them are real anxious and a couple of the teachers are anxious to get in here," Finch said.

Finch says he's sure their mouth's will water too, with the 12 varieties of citrus the greenhouse produces.

"Tangellos, tango, Valencia oranges, Washington navels, tangerines, grapefruit," Finch said.

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