Growing indoors a short walk from Albany High

Greenhouse2The school leaders at Saint Anne Institute have kindly offered use of a beautiful heated greenhouse on its campus to Albany High School and Abrookin Career and Technical Center. And as slightly captured in the accompanying photo, we have begun exploring how to put this great opportunity to use.

With as much as 1,000 square feet of heated and sun-lit space about 10 minutes by foot from Albany High, we can hardly wait to start seeds in February and March and April for next summer’s plantings. We’re not so certain, however, what we can do there between now and next spring. So we will experiment. We’ll try some hot-weather plants and some cool-weather plants and see what happens.

As a very first step, we put tomato, summer squash, basil, spinach, lettuce, thyme, sage, rosemary and huckleberry seeds in potting mix a couple of weeks ago and moved trays and containers to the greenhouse a few days later.

We hope that Albany High and Abrookin teachers will see teaching and learning opportunities in this facility. Perhaps our new Albany High Garden Club will make greater use initially.

Thanks so much to Jeff Weidman, the principal at Saint Anne, for making this possible.

—Bill Stoneman

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