For anyone who has driven by the site lately, things have been happening! We are actually back in Italy now, having gotten to the stage we had hoped to achieve just recently. A recap of events not necessarily in order follows: Work started in earnest on the site about Sept 20th when the grading and filling began for the greenhouses’ base. We brought in about 365 cubic yards of a gravel mix to get up to grade. Immediately we began construction of the
first smaller greenhouse, which has served as the work station and storage area as we continued to develop the site.
Time passed quickly as we received the driveway permit and got the electric lines buried. Since the land is relatively low lying overall, we reworked a drainage ditch along the rear boundary to channel runoff on down the property away from the greenhouses and parking lot.
Family and friends stopped in and were quickly enlisted in the cause. Here are the Griffith ‘boys’ celebrating getting up the first bow of the large house.
The ‘big house’ cover went on smoothly one Sunday with the help of many hands.
Things were really looking official but there was still much work behind the scenes to be done. Lots of little features needed attention such as constructing the roll up sides, which are used to efficiently cool the greenhouse on sunny days without using additional energy, and adding baseboards. Even with the occasional Vermont obstacle thrown our way, we pressed on:
We continued the process with doors, inlet vents, a big exhaust fan, circulation fans, a propane furnace, water permeable ground covers, even a blower to inflate between the 2 layers of plastic for added insulation.
Work is winding down for now and here’s proof it is time to stop:
Hope to see you all in Spring!