Greenhouse on Grant Street

Watch a building contractor and a librarian/writer, Yuppie scum who should know better, rescue an abandoned urban greenhouse in Buffalo, NY and launch an organic herb business

Sunday, January 30, 2005

What Inspires Vince

Vince has been at work restoring the greenhouse. Like everything else in Buffalo, it has suffered 50 years of deferred maintenance. The steel pipes holding up the glass were nearly all rusted away from interior condensation. Little was holding up the greenhouse but the window frameworks. So he has repaired 5 of the posts, half done.

Oh, and we got tagged again. Can't paint over it until there's a thaw.

The good news is that after a record-breaking -6F temperature night this week, it was 22F inside the greenhouse first thing the next morning. This is just from the heat of the earth, since there was no solar gain. The roof was covered with snow and half of the greenhouse is boarded up.

I mention the temperature because Vince is inspired by Eliot Coleman's successful, unheated, year-round harvest in his greenhouses in Maine. Visit the link to learn more. You can keep certain crops alive at 22F.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger Tom said…

    What an exciting project. Hopefully you'll be up and running by the time I move back.

    It sure seems like a business that could work in the area. There appears to be a lack of fresh organic produce in the area (that impression could just be from lack of looking hard enough, I'm not sure). I just know that when I was home for Christmas I went to three local supermarkets and was unable to find something as simple as fresh thyme.

    You're probably not taking suggestions yet, but I could really use some thai sweet basil and curry leaves. I can't seem to find them anywhere.

    Good luck!

     
  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    I hope everything works out for you.
    I am from Buffalo. Have been by the place.

     

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