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UMM to Break Ground for Greenhouse Project Nov. 13

Added on: November 09, 2010

Greenhouse ModelMACHIAS, Maine – On Saturday, November 13, the University of Maine at Machias will break ground for a four-season greenhouse that will enable year-round food production for the campus dining facility and local food pantry. The groundbreaking will take place immediately following a greenhouse workshop and demonstration sponsored by the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the Portside Room of Kimball Hall.

Tony Ferrara and Tom Adamo of Brooksville, engineers of year-round, low-cost greenhouses, will conduct the workshop, which is aimed at educating families and schools on how to construct a greenhouse at a low cost using energy-efficient materials. The workshop will also provide attendees with an overview of techniques they can use to maintain a 45-degree soil temperature throughout the winter.

Future location of UMM's greenhouseUMM’s greenhouse will be constructed next to the O’Brien House and is a partnership with the following local organizations, many of whom have donated equipment, materials, and funds: Aramark, Dave’s Electric, Grand Rental Station, Hanscom Construction, J.L. Huntley Plumbing and Heating, Reversing Falls Sanctuary and Brooksville United Methodist Church, Rhoades Building Products, UMM Board of Visitors, UMM Alumni Association, and the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance.

The November 13 greenhouse workshop is free and open to the public. For more information about the workshop, please contact the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance at (207) 255-1336 or e-mail

For more information about the UMM Greenhouse Project or to volunteer, please contact Chad Everett, sustainability coordinator, at (207) 255-1360 or


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