Throughout this last month as we were finalizing all the details of the land use agreement (and continued to wait on the city to grant us access to the land) we realized that if we didn’t start planting soon we were going to miss the planting deadlines for our Spring Harvest L But rather than cutting our losses and begin prepping for a bountiful Summer harvest as some organizations might have done- the HdV team sprung into action and decided to build a mini greenhouse to get all of our spring beans, squashes, tomatoes, and other seeds into “growth mode” and hopefully be thriving seedlings that we can transfer over to the garden once we get the city’s ok.
Thanks to a generous donation from Jesse Meisler- Abramson HdV was given a super cool, walk-in mini greenhouse that holds over 500 seedlings!!! For the last two weekends the whole team has been getting together to construct the greenhouse- that for the time being will hold residence at the Pitzer Ontario House. The greenhouse is made primarily of wood and plastic and is in great condition. On Saturday, March 9th with the help of many community and student volunteers- after hours of cutting, screwing, and figuring out how to use a staple gun without scaring the bejeezus of those holding the plastic sheets in place- the project was finally completed!
With our greenhouse set up and stable the team wasted no time to start planting. By mixing together special soil compounds to nourish our seeds (thanks to Arthur’s soil expertise) we filled hundreds of planting pots to grow various vegetables and ultimately meet our planting deadlines! Woo hoo! Now we will let nature work its magic with the seeds while we work hard to finalize the land use agreement with the city to hopefully have a permanent home for all of our growing seedlings in the coming weeks.
The entire HdV team would like to give BIG THANKS to Jesse Meisler- Abramson for the greenhouse donation, Pitzer College for allowing us the greenhouse space, all student and community volunteers, and anyone else who made this project possible.