Greenhouse construction continues with help from a Stonehill College family on Earth Day 2011.
While I am a big proponent of the idea that “Earth Day is Every Day,” I have to admit that on April 22nd each year I am filled with additional urge to spend the day outside where my senses can pick up on Spring’s arrival.
This year, the weather was perfect for celebrating spring as we recommenced work on our greenhouse project.
The morning begins sleepily.
Pale, grey skies steadily brighten to blue.
A warming sun and a gentle breeze by noon.
At day’s end Mare’s tails lightly streak the sky.
Hinting at showers to come and the greens of spring to follow.
Chuck and I had the bows up within the first hour and then set to work attaching the purlins to stabilize the structure.
Around noon, Brian Switzer (Class of 2013) arrived at the farm to assist and set to work tightening the many bolts on the frame and then helped us prep the edges of the greenhouse to install the baseboards.
An hour or so later, Brian’s father and Stonehill Alum, Dave (Class of 1981) and his younger brother Trent arrived on the scene. They worked together to excavate along the edges of the structure to make way for our baseboards, made from Eastern White Pine, grown in the USA and purchased from Fenandes, our local hardware store.
They also dug trenches along the outside edges of the greenhouse to make way for drainage pipe to minimize greenhouse flooding when heavy rains fall.
By day’s end the bows were up, purlins set, and baseboards in! One step closer to completion.
I am looking forward to filling the space with our green seedlings and when they are strong enough and the weather has warmed a bit, out into the fields where they will set about their work producing delicious vegetables.
They will draw on nutrients in the soil, light from the sun, and water from the earth and sky, and in due time play a role in feeding those same soils with organic matter to grow healthy soils and future harvests.