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Manchester College’s Grow Green

class project offers Warsaw residents

details about the benefits of ethanol

Warsaw area residents are invited to learn about cost, environmental and other benefits of using ethanol as an alternative source of energy in a POET presentation by Manchester College students. The free 45-minute presentation begins at 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 9 in the Warsaw Community Public Library, 310 E. Main St.

POET, a South Dakota-based ethanol production corporation with a North Manchester plant, has “hired” students of a Manchester College business case studies class to make its presentations. POET produces the clean-burning, high-octane ethanol from corn.

Professor Tim Ogden’s class has created a non-profit company, Grow Green, as a hands-on learning experience.  Proceeds – including the POET payments – will go to The Beaman Home, a shelter and advocate for abused spouses and children in Warsaw, said senior finance major Nathan Strack of Columbia City, president of Grow Green.

In another environmentally-conscious fundraiser for The Beaman Home, Grow Green sells Worm Power organic fertilizer. The product uses beneficial microorganisms and earthworms to boost soil fertility for gardening, and lawn and turf care.

Information about both Grow Green projects, scheduling POET presentations and purchasing Worm Power products, is available on the non-profit’s website at

May 2009

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