CAN: Cochrane's education greenhouse on wheels about to take shape

The Passive Solar Roller — Cochrane’s education greenhouse on wheels — is finally about to take shape. The design was dreamt up by a team at Cultivate Cochrane, but it’s the capable folks at OnGrowing Works who’ll be taking it from dream to reality.

OnGrowing Works is a locally-owned company that creates “Sustainable Living Spaces”, their work ranges from design to construction to landscaping. One of their core values is sustainability and it shows up in their projects through water conservation techniques, materials consideration, energy efficiency, integration of solar power, and more. In their words: “Wherever possible, our work supports the natural environment, creates engaging social spaces, and enhances economic prosperity. We champion designs that create environmentally responsible structures and spaces from conception to completion, and that match and support local ecology.”

Cultivate Cochrane is so pleased to be working with OnGrowing Works for the construction of the Passive Solar Roller. They have experience with greenhouses and even with passive solar design, but the lightweight, roadworthy, pencil-sketched, dormer-windowed greenhouse is a one-of-a-kind undertaking! With Covid circulating widely, supply chain challenges, and fluctuating material prices, it takes a special kind of flexibility and commitment to complete such a custom and unique build on a budget.

Matt Ashton, project manager with OnGrowing Works, describes why they were keen to work with us on this mobile greenhouse: “The idea of sustainability, passive solar design, and food generation all resonate with our company goals and vision. We’re excited to play a role in this project by providing construction support and look forward to seeing the impact the Passive Solar Roller will have on our children, youth and family programs in the area.” 

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Cultivate Cochrane

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