Posted by: Bill Stoneman | April 9, 2013

Teaching others about extending the season

            We’ve taken much of our energy over to Myers Middle School since writing last, slightly embarrassingly three and a half years ago, where we created the Vegetable Project at Myers Middle School (http://www.facebook.com/vegetableproject). The idea is to create hands-on learning opportunities that involving subjects ranging from scientific process to nutrition to environmental stewardship to entrepreneurship. As one might imagine, four-season growing is even more important at a school. The main Upstate New York growing season is still too short. And students are not even around when things really get going.

             So we have built a variety of greenhouse type structures – cold frames no larger than a basic window frame, small hoop houses that look rather like covered wagons crossing the Great Plains and a hoop house that rises nine feet at its center.

             Winter harvesting looked really good early on this past winter. Thanks to mild weather, we left root vegetables in the ground nearly right up until Christmas. We produced sufficient greens for salads in December and January. At least a few of our volunteers were impressed with the possibilities.Image

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