Friday, November 20, 2009

RFHS Greenhouse Design

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Draft of Colorado Home & Garden show Grant - Letter of intent

August 26, 2009
We would like to express our gratitude for the opportunity to share the details of our project with you and thank you for providing grants for horticultural education in Colorado. Our organization it committed to increasing the health and well being of our local communities through local food production and agricultural education. We are very excited about the Roaring Fork high school Greenhouse & Garden project because we understand the value of growing and cooking food as a hands-on teaching tool and hope the project can serve as an inspiration and model for other public schools in Colorado and the nation as a whole.

Initiated and managed by the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Fundraising and community organization managed by Fat City Farmers, Inc. and Illene Pevec (Angel earning her wings);
42’ dome greenhouse & 1-1/2 acre edible schoolyard project
Outdoor classroom space / Horticulture, cooking and food prep vocational classes
Cafeteria composting area and worm farm

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fundraising Status & Project Plan

With the latest news of a donation from C.O.R.E. for $7,000 and a donation of $2,500 from Wendy Aresty, our funding level is at $25,000 of the $56,600 we need to complete the greenhouse. Further, taking into account the approximately $5,000 of in-kind donations promised by the Rotary Club members, we could say we are halfway to our goal.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Proposal Documents for Download

For the Proposal Document (prints on 8.5x11 size paper), download by CLICKING HERE.
For the Greenhouse Dome Images file (prints on 11x17 size paper), , download by CLICKING HERE.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

RE-1 School Board Meeting May 13 - Proposal Document

Re: Garden, Greenhouse at RFHSWho we are:Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, running a CSA Farm School, with a network of supporting organizations, and a mission to “grow farmers” for an emerging local food culture and economy. We will briefly introduce our partner organizations, Fat City Farms, C.O.R.E., the Basalt Thrift Store, and Slow Food Roaring Fork, and thank the School Board for this meeting, and for their questions, after.
Why we are before you:We are part of a growing national movement to improve our food supply in healthfulness, safety, and security, as well as to reduce the food industry’s “carbon footprint” by creating local food production and distribution networks. We are very fortunate in the Roaring Fork Valley, to have a history of farming and ranching, as well as excellent present-day instructors, experienced with growing food in this climate: Jerome Osentowski, Ken Kuhns, Jennifer Craig, and others. Some of the essential “glue” that binds all these efforts together is fundamental: improving the healthfulness of food for our children, in their school lunch. Giving them the understanding and the skills to grow their own food, and to learn how to grow it in ways that are healthy for the eater, as well as for the land, is “priceless”.
What we propose:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

5 Point Film Festival - for the RFHS Greenhouse Project!

This Thursday evening, May 7, the 2nd annual 5-Point Film Festival will open in Carbondale, running through Sunday, May 10. Festival organizers are featuring our School Greenhouses, and are donating a portion of festival proceeds to the Roaring Fork High School Greenhouse & Gardens project. This event has great potential to inspire the Carbondale community, as well as the whole Valley, to help with our school greenhouses. We already have one success underway, in the Yampah Mtn. HS Greenhouse dome, featured this past week in the Glenwood Post Independent.
We have agreed to provide refreshments for the four days of the festival, in the form of baked goods, such as cookies, brownies, fruit bars, etc. Estimated quantity needed: 700 – 900 items. They don’t need to be individually wrapped, a wrapped plate of cookies will be fine. So, if each baker made 40 pieces, we would need to have 20 bakers; 80 pieces per baker = 10 bakers, etc. I am freezing 30 oatmeal-plum bars today, and will make more Monday evening. If you can help, please reply to this email to let me know what you can provide. We will post drop-off instructions for midday this Thursday, May 7, on the RFHS Greenhouse blog
Danny Brown and Fat City Farms have teamed up to produce a film trailer about the School Greenhouses. You can preview a draft of the trailer:
We hope everyone agrees this is a wonderful opportunity for all the food groups in the Valley to shine, and to inspire many others to join the work we are doing.
Thank you SO MUCH for your help, and your wonderful baking skills!
Michael Thompson
'growing farmers'

Drop Off Instructions: Eco Goddess Edibles owner Lisa Ruoff has two shelves in her refrigerator to store our baked items for the weekend. Her shop is at 335 Main Street in Carbondale, and her phone number is 963-7316.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

RFHS Greenhouse Alternate: Growing Dome 42' dia.

Our reason for suggesting a Dome Greenhouse as an alternate to the earlier greenhouse design, is that a 42-foot diameter dome will be large enough to hold a good-sized class, it will be brand new, far more energy efficient, half the size and half the price of retrofitting the recycled greenhouse from the City of Glenwood Springs. If we experience less than our hoped-for community support for this project, we may be able to afford the dome, and we can always add another greenhouse, if the program receives more school support than we expect.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Memorandum of Understanding - Draft

The Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) enters into an Agreement with the RE-1 School District, to build a Greenhouse and a 1.5 acre fenced Garden at the Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, CO.

CRMPI and its non-profit partners C.O.R.E., Fat City Farms, Inc., the Basalt Thrift Store and others, will raise the funds necessary to build the greenhouse and gardens, and will organize the contractors and volunteers to construct it during the summer of 2009. CRMPI and its partners will use these facilities for their CSA Farm School program, from May through September each year, starting in 2010, and will train RFHS teachers in the use and maintenance of the facilities, on an ongoing basis, as needed. The 1.5 acre garden will be surrounded by an 8-foot deer fence with gates at the NE corner, for access via the fire lane. The greenhouse will contain a minimum of 1,300 SF in floor area, and will be no taller than 20-feet above the surrounding grade.
CRMPI will also provide:

Monday, April 6, 2009

RFHS Hillside Garden - CO. Health Dept. reply

Hillside Garden area:
65,080 SF, or 1.5 ac.

Perimeter Fence:
8' tall deer fence, 1,200 LF

Please allow this message to serve as a response to your recent inquiry about the proposed greenhouse facility for Roaring Fork High School to be used for educational purposes as well as growing organic crops to be harvested for use in the school kitchen. Neither the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations or the Rules and Regulations Governing Schools in the State of Colorado would preclude this type of endeavor either as a learning opportunity for the students or as a source of produce for the retail food operation.
The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations do require that all foods come from an approved source and does recognize produce grown on site as approved. The produce is considered to be approved provided that only approved fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or insecticides are used when growing the produce. My understanding of the proposed operation is that is would be completely organic and as a result there should not be a concern regarding chemicals. All produce grown would have to be washed in potable water after harvest and prior to consumption either in the greenhouse or in the school kitchen itself. Based on the information you provided, I understand that the local irrigation water will be used for growing the produce and the City of Carbondale municipal supply will be used for washing both in Th greenhouse and in the school as appropriate.
Provided these parameters, as previously discussed, are followed we would not have objection to the proposed venture for the school.
It is also my understanding that there is interest in implementing a composting program for the kitchen waste. Our concern would be that all food wastes to be composted are stored in such a manner as to prevent contamination of other foods, food contact surfaces, or serve as insect or rodent attractants. While this is an area of expertise for the Consumer Protection Division here at CDPHE, we would like to suggest the following individuals as potential resources for information, guidance and possibly training for establishing a composting program.
Possible contacts are:
Roger Doak, CDPHE HMWMD: Solid Waste 303-692-3437
Kathy C. Doesken at CSU(Colorado State University)
Adriane L. Elliot at CSU 970-491-6984

If you have additional questions or need additional resource information, please feel free to contact me again.
Susan ParachiniRetail Food Program ManagerConsumer Protection DivisionColorado Department of Public Health & EnvironmentCPD-GS-B24300 Cherry Creek Drive SouthDenver, Colorado 80246-1530Phone: 303-692-3646/FAX:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

RFHS Greenhouse - Design Concept

The LIST of Issues to be Addressed

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute ( CRMPI ) and
Fat City Farms, Inc., 501c3 benefactor for this mission
Project Proposal
Roaring Fork High School

CRMPI and Fat City Farms are both non-profit organizations devoted to developing gardens and greenhouses on various community sites including schools. This project is proposed at no-cost to the school district and would provide the following benefits:
Integrated learning opportunities with high school science classes
Provide fresh fruit and produce for the school lunch room
Opportunities for community volunteers to be involved in the garden, greenhouse, and instructional program
The green house, a 32 x 77 foot structure will be removed from a site in Glenwood Springs and reconstructed on a site behind Roaring Fork High School, of approximately one acre in size, that has been mutually agreed upon by Fat City Farms and the RFSD office staff, including Larry Estrada, our facilities director.
In addition to the green house, a small section of land on the south side of the high school will be used for a garden area. The garden area will be fenced to prevent deer from disturbing the garden and will contain a small tool shed to hold the necessary equipment.
The school will be responsible for providing the community, teacher and student volunteers to work with and in the program.
CRMPI will be responsible for work done in the greenhouse and on the garden in the summer time. They use community volunteers and college students

Prior to coming to the Board for approval, CRMPI will create a draft of an MOU that addresses the following:
Liability insurance provided by CRMPI
Provision for a green house manager
Code issues regarding placement of the green house and garden
Code issues/state health issues regarding the use of produce in the school lunchroom
Funds for the program to be provided by Fat City Farms and others
Placement of lights and security cameras behind the building
Damage insurance
Termination of program
Responsibility for upkeep and maintenance
Access to the green house and garden via the fire lane
Parking for volunteers
Solar lighting around the greenhouse for security
Construction materials and height of fence around the garden
Access to water for watering the plants as well as access to potable water for washing and cleaning the fruits and vegetables
Maintenance of grounds around the outside of the fenced garden
Construction and composition of compost bins

Illene Pevec has been meeting with the neighbors adjacent to the RFHS property to insure that we have addressed any issues they may have regarding the placement of the garden or greenhouse.
CRMPI and FCF would like to have an agreement in place by spring and begin the placement of the green house and garden area soil preparation, so the facility is ready for RFHS teachers and students by September this year.