The Farm at Stonehill

The Greenhouse Is Growing!

The warmer spring weather this week allowed us to continue to make good progress on greenhouse construction.

Photo of Greenhouse on April 25
West facing end wall construction commences on Monday morning (April 25, 2011).
Chuck cut the pieces of steel and polycarbonate to the required lengths, shapes, and sizes and then we used brackets, nuts, bolts, tech screws, hammers, and the drill to put the puzzle together.
We started the week with end wall construction on the west end of the greenhouse…
Photo fo Chuck working April 25
Chuck building a strong end wall (April 25, 2011)


…before installing the doors on the west side of the greenhouse.

greenhouse April 26
Day’s end, Doors up (April 25, 2011).


It was then time to work on the east facing end wall…

Chuck works on east facing end wall 4.28
Chuck works on the East end wall (April 28, 2011).


…despite the stormy weather, with the help of some friends – Derek, Katie, Mariah and Steve – from Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA.

steve and derek working in the rain

Steve and Derek installed the “hip boards”…

katie and mariah

…while Katie and Mariah helped us enjoy the wind and rain.


By the end of the week both beautiful end walls are in place!

greenhouse April 29
East facing end wall (April 29, 2011).
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West facing end wall with doors (April 29, 2011).

Just a bit more work lies ahead for us to finish the greenhouse, and soon the structure will work for us, providing a warm and sunny habitat for our young plants to grow.



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Greenhouse Construction Commences

There is nothing quite like building something from the ground up.  You plan, you order parts, you organize your materials, you read the instruction manual (if there is one), you make a plan, you assemble a team, and then the day comes when you start to build.

Photo of Chuck setting the first corner post
Day 1: Chuck Currie, our greenhouse contractor, runs a line between corner posts on the west end of the greenhouse to help set the all important first corner post.


With indispensable help from Chuck Currie, a seasoned organic grower and experienced greenhouse installer, those parts are starting to fall – or be pounded – into place and our 18’x48′ greenhouse is starting to take shape.


A hand holds a leveling tool above some gravel
This simple tool, a line level, helped us set the height of each of our 26 ground posts.


photo of Chuck Currie and our first wooden ground post
Day 1: Chuck stands astride our first set ground post… only 25 more to go!


photo of 12 posts in, end of day 1
End of Day 1: 12 posts in, 14 to go…

Chuck and I took turns swinging sledge hammers to pound the ground posts 24 inches into the ground.  By the end of Day 1, we had set 12 of the 26 posts. These ground posts, set 4 feet apart, will hold the bows that will form the skeleton of the greenhouse.  This spacing should provide the structural strength necessary for the greenhouse to hold up to the ice, snow and winds that can come with winters in New England.



We were back at The Farm bright and early the next morning to set the remaining ground posts and assemble the bows.

photo of 26 ground posts in the ground
Day 2: 26 ground posts in by mid-day.


photo of assembled greenhouse bows
Day 2: 13 bows assembled and ready to go up tomorrow.


After assembling the bows, we decided to let the wind – blowing a steady 15 to 20 mph with gusts close to 30 mph- guide our work and found other projects to fill the rest of the day.

Tomorrow we’ll be back, and the greenhouse will be one step closer to a haven for the seedlings that will grow to produce tomatoes, cucumbers, and countless other nutritious vegetables that we hope will help to alleviate some of the food desert conditions just miles away.