“Reducing a Community Garden’s Dependency on Outside Sources”
Brice Henthorn is a Boy Scout in Troop 608 based out of Beloit, Wisconsin. For his Eagle project, he spent six weeks building a polycarbonate greenhouse for the Merrill Park Community Garden. A communal garden located in one of city’s neighborhood parks.
Because he had volunteered at the garden, Brice knew that a greenhouse would help reduce the garden’s dependency of seedlings from outside sources. An offhanded comment by a woman running the Community Garden confirmed there was a need for one so Brice decided to run with the idea.
“This will allow the garden to become more self-sufficient by being able to start the plants from seeds instead of buying plants that have been already started,” Brice explained. “This will also give them another teaching opportunity for the community. They will be able to teach community members how to plant from seeds.”
Basing his design on plans he found online, Brice built the 8’ x 6’7” greenhouse with help from volunteers and materials donated by local companies. The wood frame was covered with LEXAN™ VEROLITE™ 8mm clear twin wall polycarbonate panels. After doing his research, Brice chose polycarbonate as the covering because it was a much more durable glazing option. He wanted a product that would last.
Building the greenhouse was a big learning experience for Brice. He had not built anything like this before. “The installation process was very easy,” says Brice. “We followed the instructions that were on the panels. The U- and H-channels went on smoothly and cutting the panels was very easy with a new blade. I would say the installation process was very user-friendly.”
“He was in charge of the project and handled it well. To me it is a showcase of what can be done and will greatly help the neighborhood in their garden. To me a sense of pride.” – Lowell Fjalstad, Scoutmaster Troop 608
Donors who supported Brice’s Eagle project include: Jewett Cameron Company, Bayliss Autovents, First Community Credit Union, Western Container Corporation, UMC Tuesday 500 Club, Terra Yard Creations, Home Depot, Adaptive Plastics, Avid Pallet, AmeriLux International, Sherwin Williams, Murmac Paints, Fastenal, Domino’s Pizza, Vince’s Pizza, Chubby Bubba’s, Ace Hardware, Lycon Inc., Old Fashion Bakery, and Walmart.
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