Ideas for our Sustainable Greenhouse

1 Mar


Howdy!Farm is looking into building a sustainable greenhouse with students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Architecture, and Engineering at Texas A&M University. If you are interested in, or know something about, sustainable greenhouses, let us know what you think about our ideas or just comment anyways!

Description:

The Greenhouse is going to be an educational organic agriculture facility that uses solar and rainwater technologies. At 2400 ft2 (1800 ft2 for the greenhouse, 200 ft2 for the cold room and 300 ft2 for office and storage space) it will be a big asset to the new farmer apprenticeship programs and students interested in the agriculture and life sciences.

Goals:

We have a lot in mind for it (let us know if you have suggestions) but these are a few of the goals…

~ It will be used to explore organic crop production. Namely, we hope to provide educational opportunities and create a model to potentially extend research in this area. This will be a step towards an area where Texas is currently largely undeveloped.

~ It will host classes, research, class projects and independent graduate and undergraduate research on sustainable crop production.

~ It has the potential to meet the criteria for the Provost’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) by raising the quality of life for students on campus. Reason being it will increase green space and implement experimental education.

~ Integrate the design and construction process with students from the Colleges of

Agriculture, Architecture, and Engineering for hands on experiential learning for students.

When:

We are still working on getting the funding for the project right now, so nothing is set in stone. But we plan to begin design in the Fall of 2012 and start construction in the Spring 2013 Semester.

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