A gift of $500,000 by Appanoose County philanthropist Morgan E. Cline has been announced by the Centerville campus of Indian Hills Community College.
The key component of this gift will be a massive green house that will be used to grow produce which will help meet the needs of surrounding businesses for locally grown foods.
The complex will also include a learning center, welcome space, classrooms and offices as well as a processing center for distribution.
Dr. Jim Lindenmayer, president of Indian Hills, stated, “An exciting part of the project is the educational opportunity that it will present. Aside from being a great laboratory for our Sustainable Agriculture program, the college will also schedule tours and facilitate other community outreach programs, such as continuing education classes, with topics ranging from backyard gardening to packaging.
IHCC associate professor and director of the Sustainable Agriculture program, Brydon Kaster, remarked, “Mr. Cline’s vision and commitment are unparalleled. His commitment to our program and, more importantly, the Centerville campus of Indian Hills is an inspiration to all of us.”
The entire project will solidify the legacy that Morgan Cline has created in Appanoose County and continue to develop the entrepreneurial spirit that he has embedded in the area.