Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New school greenhouse

The weekend before last, my family and I volunteered some labor at school helping put up the new greenhouse.  Thanks to a grant from State Farm and some generous donations from school families, the school got a nice greenhouse kit and was able to hire Daniel Skinner to design and build the greenhouse.

Much of my time was spent running a tiller, which I had never done before, plus shoveling and raking dirt.  I also worked with a few others to set up about half the support ribs, spread out the tremendous sheet of plastic and get it over the top, and do some anchoring.  It was a lot of dirty work over a hot weekend, but it was also sort of interesting, and the other people were great to work with (and very patient with me.)

I’m excited to see the finished project; I don’t know when the inside will be all put in, but it won’t be too long.  There has been work going on every day.  When completed, it will be state-of-the-art, with a water circulation system for heating and cooling, half-sunken rain barrels to double as classroom seats, a large fish tank, and both floor-level and raised beds and pots.
Hard at work in the morning

 My fearless wife high atop a ladder
The official ribbon cutting

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