Harwood Elementary received a $35,000 grant from the CHC Foundation to build a greenhouse at the school. With that, Harwood Elementary Principal Don Fryberger stated, the CHC Foundation has fully funded their project.
The funds are for the greenhouse, excavation, and electricity to get a basic greenhouse started. Once the greenhouse is built, Fryberger said, they will look into other funding sources in order to purchase plants and other things for the greenhouse. “Once we get it built, individual teachers will be able to use the greenhouse for when they have things come up in their curriculum that deal with science aspects,” Fryberger said. “We also plan to have some units on greenhouse management for an after-school program.”
At the moment, Fryberger mentioned the ground is being dug and the geothermal pipes are being laid to heat the greenhouse throughout the year, and a volunteer day was planned on Saturday to start putting the greenhouse together. Fryberger mentioned they would like to get the greenhouse up before December so they could start using it by January.
"Once the greenhouse is up, we will blow air up into the greenhouse so that it will be 74 degrees year-round." Fryberger would like to see the students be able to grow citrus trees and avocados and also purchase raised beds.
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