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Picture this: You’re in a grove of tropical fruit trees, eating oranges, lemons, and figs straight from their source. Where are you? Thailand? Sicily? Florida? Chances are that the Midwest was not among your guesses. But Russ Finch, a mail-carrier-turned-farmer, is growing these tropical fruits in Alliance, Nebraska — i n a greenhouse, of course. The aptly named “ Greenhouse in the Snow ” uses the Earth’s heat to keep the temperature at a balmy 28 degrees. Here’s how the geothermal heating system works, from Civil Eats : Perforated plastic tubes make a circuit underground outside the greenhouse in a trench 8-feet deep where Finch says the temperature remains a steady 52 degrees year-round. A fan moves air through the tubes and into the greenhouse when it gets too hot or cold. There are no propane or electric heaters, just a small motor that runs the small fan. That means t...

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