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Strawberries, lettuce, peppers to take root at vast greenhouse being built by tribe in North Dakota


Native Green Grow is a 412,000-square-foot greenhouse complex - equal to seven football fields - under construction near Parshall, N.D., on the Fort Berthold reservation. Submitted rendering

NEW TOWN, N.D. - The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is launching a sprawling $26 million greenhouse produce-growing initiative that will occupy an area equal to seven football fields.

Native Green Grow will use energy from natural gas now being flared at the wellhead and collect it to generate heat to warm the climate-controlled greenhouses. The project, planned to unfold in three phases, ultimately will involve 412,000 square feet of warmed greenhouse space in a 10-compartment complex near Parshall, N.D.

The NG2 project, as it's called, is a food sovereignty project for the MHA Nation that will reduce environmental waste in the form of flared gas and will create a stable food system and economy for the tribe, Chairman Mark Fox said.


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