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Have you ever considered living in a greenhouse?

For most growers a greenhouses’ only use is for controlled environment agriculture and being able to grow produce year-round. But a group of agricultural innovators have discovered one of the simplest and most eco-friendly ways to save money on heating and electricity, and it involves shacking up with their plants. To these savvy, green-conscious trendsetters, greenhouses no longer have to be used purely for growing produce and relegated to a small space in the backyard. Instead, this group of innovators are embracing the greenhouse for its warm, cost-effective living space.

As the New York Times reported, one such family taking part in this new eco-trend are the Scholtens, who live in a combined greenhouse and wood cabin structure designed by students at the University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Being known for its pristine farmland, the Netherlands champions the idea that greenhouses can be used both as a growing and living space

Read the whole New York Times article on the Scholtens here.

The following are photos of the greenhouse posted on the family’s Instagram account.

 

The greenhouse is north facing, with a rooftop garden.

 

The family is growing a variety of lettuces, as well as zucchini, tomatoes, paprika and peppers. 

Rooftop salad bar #urbangardenersrepublic #urbangarden #foodrevolutionday #rooftopgarden #cityfarming#growyourownfood

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The kitchen is located on the second floor of the house.

#kitchenlife in the #greenhouse #solariumscenes #kitchengarden #greenbuilding #ecohome #kitcheninterior

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The greenhouse allows an abundance of natural light into the living space.

It feels like #spring today in the #greenhouse #sunnyday #ercolstudiocouch #glasshouse #rotterdam #happythursday

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A sampling of the family’s fresh produce.

Pick of the day #thegreenhouseproject #urbanfarming #rooftopgarden #tomato #peppers #fresh #freshfood

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So the idea of living in a greenhouse might be crazy to some, but the benefits to dwellers are clear. Either way, the Scholten family has surely provided us with some food for thought.

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