Glenvar G row Greens. Sustainable because:. Hoop house greenhouse construction is low cost Cold-house succession planting of cold-tolerant vegetables requires no supplemental heat
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Sustainable because: • Hoop house greenhouse construction is low cost • Cold-house succession planting of cold-tolerant vegetables requires no supplemental heat • Raised-bed square-foot-gardening technique saves space, maximizes student involvement, reduces watering needs, and maximizes yield • Self-sustaining in the school setting as a means of teaching multi-disciplinary academic skills through practical application • Sustains the development of civic capability, enabling students to connect what they learn to how they live • Sustains opportunities for individual personal growth through higher-level thinking skills, cooperative learning, and problem solving with other students
Goal Summary: • As a result of this project, students will become capable of enriching their own lives and contributing to their community and nation through their construction and gardening skills, food production/preparation, and individual gain in health consciousness.
Participants: • Students in Ann Fajardo’s and Mark Rohrback’s 2nd period “Green Math” class • Students in Beth Sellers’ 6th grade science classes • Juliette Myers, principal, Glenvar Middle School and Jim Bradshaw, assistant principal, Glenvar Middle School • Brian Weeks, Construction Manager, Roanoke County Public Schools • Our “Green Mentors” (Members of the Southwest Virginia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council): • Brenda Landes, architect, CR Architecture + Design • Suzanne Nicewonder, Engineer, Precision Engineering, PC • Patrick Donohoe, Architect/Engineer, Virginia Tech • Barry Martin, Owner Green Home Energy Audits of Virginia • Consultant: Sherri Dorn, extension agent
Actions: • Students helped design and build two cold frames, allowing for the extension of the growing season in existing raised beds • Consultations with Green Mentors and extension agent to determine optimum greenhouse location on school grounds • Ordered the greenhouse kit from Puckett Greenhouseafter consultation with Green Mentors and extension agent to determine the size and type of greenhouse to best serve needs within budget constraints • Installation of water to greenhouse location • Design and installation of the interior to accommodate 8 raised bed gardens and an area for shelving, storage, wheelchair accessible garden • Build the greenhouse – Involving students, teachers and volunteers • See Mrs. Sellers blog: http://glenvargarden.blogspot.com/ • See Ms. Fajardo’s wiki: http://gmsgreenmath.wikispaces.com/
Future Plans: • School-based composting • Fundraising through greenhouse production • Expanding gardening effort to involve more teachers/students • Establishment of GMS Garden club