Construction begins on ground-breaking greenhouse at Red Deer school

Construction on a passive solar greenhouse at Normandeau School starts October 20 to provide a unique classroom where students can grow and learn.

Lindsay Henley, a pre-kindergarten to Grade 8 teacher, said the greenhouse will be the only one of its kind in central Alberta.

It also has the potential to change the greenhouse industry in Alberta through applied research in conjunction with SAIT Green Building Technologies.

Scott Builders is using a 3D printer to prefabricate parts for the structure, and it should be built by December 14. Tubes in the ground will use energy from the solar panels to heat the building.

“We’re hoping this will ignite the passion in some of these kids. They have absolutely no idea what plants look like, starting from a seedling all the way to when it’s ready to harvest,” Henley said about the vegetable students see in grocery stores.

She said once kids learn how easy it is to garden, they can grow their own vegetables at home and teach their families.

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