US (ME): ‘Crew of octogenarians’ builds greenhouse in Lewiston yard

Schools are out for the summer, and Rachel Rodrigue Nadeau knows where she will be until classes return in the fall: in the greenhouse she helped build. “We wanted to build one for quite some time,” the special education teacher at Lewiston High School said.

“We” consists of Rodrigue Nadeau, her husband, Jim, her father, Bob Rodrigue, her mother-in-law, Monique Nadeau, and father-in-law, Fern Nadeau.

“Basically a crew of octogenarians,” Rodrigue Nadeau said. Three of the five builders are in their 80s. “I’m getting older, Jim is getting older, they are getting older. It was now or never,” Rodrigue Nadeau said.

Rodrigue Nadeau said her extended family has always loved to garden, but the course of action changed once COVID hit and food shortages were on the line. The building project was “born out of COVID,” Rodrigue Nadeau said. “We thought the summer of COVID (2021) would be a good time to do it. When everyone was fighting over the last jar of spaghetti sauce, I had a pantry full of it,” she said.

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