Break-In Stuns Carson Greenhouse Project Officials

CARSON CITY, NV - "It made me sick. It was like a gut punch," says Greenhouse Project President Karen Abowd.

Abowd doesn't understand why vandals would break-in this weekend, turn off the circuit breakers, and nearly cause the destruction of thousands of plants.

"What has this community, or these kids, or these volunteers done to warrant this type of behavior?" says Abowd.

The volunteer-driven organization was opened at the end of last year near Carson High School to provide for the community, but questions have arisen following the senseless act of vandalism.

"We work with special needs kids to grow food for the food banks. I don't really know why anyone would have a problem with that," says Greenhouse Manager Ray Salita.

Nothing was stolen and only one plant was destroyed with others slightly damaged, but the consquences could've been worse.

Greenhouse officials usually like to keep the temperature at about 76 degrees, but it was about 30 degrees outside at night and they say that if it was two degrees colder, all of the plants in here could've died.

"Our tomatoes, our bell peppers, these are all greenhouse crops. They're not intended to get down to freezing, so I'm really surprised that all of our vegetable crops made it," says Salita.

Abowd says they've installed security cameras to stop future break-ins. She still hopes they catch the culprit in this case so they can all move on.

"It's important that we nip this in the bud, literally, because we have a lot more growing in the spring outdoors," says Abowd.

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