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Prairie Berry, LLC helped mark a milestone in a new program developed by Black Hills Works on June 13.

Gregson’s Gardens, which is where much of our local produce comes from for us in our Kitchen and Prairie Berry Made products, has been assisting Shad in building a hydroponic garden and caring for his plants. Shad began growing rhubarb last year, and this morning co-founder Matt Keck purchased Shad’s first crop.

Matt, Shad, and Todd

Matt Keck, Shad, and Todd Gregson outside Shad’s Rhubarb Patch.

Black Hills Works received a grant to launch the Hydro Greenhouse in October 2015. The purpose is to grow chemical- and pesticide-free produce and to supply it to local consumers while employing, training and mentoring people with disabilities. Black Hills Works’ goal is to eventually employ 10-25 people in the greenhouse.

Shad watering his rhubarb with an adaptive watering device.

Shad watering his rhubarb with an adaptive watering device.

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For more information about Black Hills Works’ Hydroponic Gardening program, click here.