Surry School Greenhouse Repair/Renovation
The goal of the project is to renovate a greenhouse that is part of the Surry Elementary School campus in Surry, Maine. The greenhouse is a metal frame structure approximately 20' long by 10' wide covered with 8 mil plastic. The greenhouse has been used intermittently but is in need of some repair. The plastic needs to be patched in places, one of the doors needs to be replaced, some new fluorescent lights need to be added and a non-operative oil heater needs to be removed. Renovation of the greenhouse is a joint project of the 4th and 5th grade classes at the school and the Surry Garden Club. The greenhouse would then be used to start garden plants that would be transplanted to existing raised beds at the school. Lettuce, kale and other leafy greens would be planted early and used in the school cafeteria. Tomatoes, peppers and other transplantable produce would be started in the greenhouse and then moved to the raised beds for harvest over the summer and into the fall with the produce being used in the cafeteria.
This project is one of a number of joint projects of the school and the Garden club. The intent of these activities is to expose children to the benefits and joys of gardening/horticulture. Past projects included planting of tulips and daffodils for school beautification, distribution of sugar maple saplings to all students on Arbor Day (including a presentation on maple syrup collection/production), distribution of day lilies to all students and staff at the end of school in June, and presentations of hydroponic growth of plants.
While the 4th and 5th grade classes will be the classes primarily involved with the project, all students will have the opportunity to use the greenhouse.
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