Update Nov 7

The land has just been mowed, ready for work to commence
The land has just been mowed, ready for work to commence

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

The pad is ready for the greenhouses
The pad is ready for the greenhouses

first smaller greenhouse, which has served as the work station and storage area as we continued to develop the site.

One of the 2 smaller greenhouses, which will later serve as our work area
One of the 2 smaller greenhouses, which will later serve as our work area

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.

Improving the drainage along the property border
Improving the drainage along the property border

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.

First bow of the 30' by 48' greenhouse frame
First bow of the 30′ by 48′ greenhouse frame
Frame up, nearly ready to cover
Frame up, nearly ready to cover, with Jan on the ladder adding braces

The ‘big house’ cover went on smoothly one Sunday with the help of many hands.

Attaching the double layer of plastic to the main greenhouse
Attaching the double layer of plastic to the main greenhouse

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:

October snow just added to the fun!
October snow just added to the fun!

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.

Inside floor compacted and ready for groundcloth
Inside floor compacted and ready for groundcloth

Work is winding down for now and here’s proof it is time to stop:img_5658

Hope to see you all in Spring!

Here's how we left things to return in Spring and grow 'Plants for Vermont'!
Here’s how we left things to return in Spring and grow ‘Plants for Vermont’!
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