Volunteers, staff, and community members celebrate as a propagation greenhouse is reconstructed at the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center. The structure was officially completed Friday, April 5 with the installation of electricity, heat mats, and fans.
The greenhouse, a permanent aluminum frame structure measuring 16 by 35 feet, has a long history in the community. Originally purchased in the 1990s by the Mission Creek Youth Camp, a juvenile offender treatment center, the greenhouse was sold in 2002 to the North Mason School District for their high school’s horticulture program. After serving the program for many years, the district shifted its efforts to other spaces and donated the greenhouse to the Salmon Center in exchange for the district’s future use.
In February 2012, the greenhouse was deconstructed at North Mason High School and brought to the Pacific Northwest Salmon Center property in pieces where it was then reassembled over the course of many months. Volunteers and community members were key in making the greenhouse a reality. The greenhouse construction was a “labor of love,” taking 17 volunteers over 250 hours to complete. A Raising Organic Family Farms grant sponsored by Lundberg Farms and support from Short Electric also helped made the project a reality. “We would like to offer our deepest gratitude to the school district for its donation and to all volunteers, community members, organizations, and staff that were involved in the completion of the greenhouse,” said farm manager Leah White.
“The greenhouse is crucial to the farm in order to grow and provide fresh vegetables for the community,” stated Leah. “We want to be able to grow healthy food and provide a community garden so that more folks can learn about sustainable agriculture.”
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