Stevens County (Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock, Morris) Community


Community Green House

Some folks in the community are talking about a “green house” idea. Some reasons for starting one are:

-a community garden all-year round

-a great activity for the “long winters”

-interdependent as a community instead of depending on others (e.g. Florida “deep freeze” this past winter caused some damage to oranges and tomatoes, which will increase food prices this summer)

-create possible jobs  or volunteering opportunities (e.g. Stevens County DAC’s developmentally disabled population, seniors, youth, etc..)

What do you think? Any additional suggestions, links, ideas, etc…?

Related Sites:

Pacific Gardens Co-Housing Community

http://www.greenhousegarden.com/author.htm

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  1. Growing Opportunities at Morris Area High School
    July 22 2010
    http://www.kmrskkok.com/local_news

    A project lesson for industrial technology students will grow classes for students.

    The 1,000 square foot green house at the Morris Area Public schools will be constructed by the industrial technology class sprouting classes in agriculture, business, biology and beyond.

    Natasha Mortenson is the agriculture teacher at Morris, she says the grant funded, volunteer supported $30,000 green house parts will arrive in August, and construction will begin when students return to school this fall.

    Mortenson says the greenhouse will be a stand alone structure located behind the agriculture department. The house will be ready for next year’s growing season and will produce strawberries, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes for the cafeteria, perhaps the farmer’s market.

    Mortenson has received grants from the Agriculture Education Leadership Council, the Riverview Foundation, the Morris Area School Foundation and Perkins funding.


  2. Greenhouse Progress in Morris

    November 2nd 2010

    Morris Area School’s Greenhouse project is making progress even if the weather hasn’t been very cooperative this fall.

    Natasha Mortenson, Ag instructor at Morris Area Schools, says they have the frame work up. They were hoping to be farther in the process but the earlier rains delayed work. For now they department will focus on inside projects like getting the growing systems in order. She says they’ll grow produce in 5 gallon buckets and big barrels, raised beds, hanging methods, plus 2 kinds of hydroponics systems.

    Mortenson says the greenhouse will be a stand alone structure located behind the agriculture department. The house should be ready next February and will produce strawberries, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes and tomatoes for the cafeteria and perhaps the farmer’s market.

    Mortenson has received grants both from the state and locally she said the greenhouse project will cost about $30,000.

    The structure will offer opportunities for lessons in agriculture, marketing, economics and sales.


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