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YES Greenhouse Project

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 YES Willmar
 Senior High

Community Greenhouse
     Project
      Youth Energy Summit at PWELC
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 Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center’s inaugural
  Coopetition began in September 2007.

 http://www.prairiewoodselc.org/YES.html


 Students participated in team building, energy classes,
  brainstorming, planning sessions, and a resource fair.

 Each team began setting goals for a community based
  energy action plan
                    Willmar’s Goals

 Grow produce throughout the year to:

    Reduce Fossil fuel consumption

    Reduce carbon dioxide emissions

    Provide fresh, nutrient rich produce to food shelf and
     schools

    Provide a model for individuals and businesses to copy
              1st Major Success

 November 2007: met with
 Steve Salzer, GM at
 Minnwest Technology
 Campus
    Memorandum of Understanding
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 We can use the
 greenhouse and
 solar collectors if:



 We pay utility costs
 We plant and maintain
  outdoor campus gardens
Flower Gardens
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     How do you heat without sunshine?
 Collect and fill water containers
   Thermal mass to lower heat cost
 Insulation donated by UBC Willmar on north wall
 Empire Plumbing radiant heating plan
 David Frey evaluated the solar collectors
and donated the reflective plastic sheeting.
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Gerry Gesch donated the time and tools to
    remove the old iron steam pipes.
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                     Perkins Lumber split
                    the cost of the treated
                      lumber in the East
                            Wing.
         Modifying the Heating Plan
 Bill Wright from Aquatherm- use us as testing
 site for biomass boiler
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A quick glance in the firebox.
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Willmar Community Greenhouse
  students applied for and were
                       and awards
earned several grants 14
            including:
 two Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Regional
    Sustainable Development Partnerships start up grants.
   Willmar Public Schools foundation grant
   2 SWIF YES grants
   Schools Cutting Carbon grant
   YES Community engagement and vision awards
          Agricultural Collaborations

 Anez Consulting- complementary soil test
 Kandiyohi Food Systems meetings
 Garden Goddess greenhouse production conference
 Spring Garden Resource Fair with Will Allen of
  Growing Power
 Began planting
  broccoli and Mesclun in
  February 2008 for
  Willmar Public School’s
  Farm to School Program
Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers donated
 alfalfa meal to test as a soil supplement.
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Garden Goddess Produce gave us the idea
         for the gutter planters.
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Home Depot donated the first gutters for
            our project.
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HAUG Implement tilled the outdoor
      vegetable garden.
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       Runnings Farm & Fleet donated
       leftover seed from 2008 to keep
              us growing in 2009.
     Community Collaboration is Critical
 High school students developed and
  taught 6th grade science lesson
 Eagle Scout project
 WSHS Community Service class
 Prairie Lakes Youth Program science
  class
 Vinje Lutheran Youth insulated
 4H and Kandiyohi Master Gardeners
 Coffee grounds collections
 WCG group on Minnesota Energy
  Challenge website
  http://www.mnenergychallenge.org
Austin Pakola excavated the west wing as an Eagle
          Scout project in October 2008.
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League of Women Voters and Becker Market
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  Other Science Curriculum Connections
 Set up Hobo datalogger to monitor temp,
  humidity and light levels
 Set up a kill-a-watt meter to measure pump
  electrical use.
 Measure biofuel moisture content and ash
  production
 Monitor, measure plant growth/production
 Compare growing media
 Vermicomposting
 Of course they also develop social, grant
  writing, and presentation skills
           Crops planted:


 arugula, broccoli, swiss chard,
 peppers, zucchini, carrot, beets,
 cilantro, tomatoes, musclun, kale,
 eggplant, lettuce, pumpkin, turnip,
 parsley, kale, peas, beans...
   Other Collaborators we are grateful for:

 Aaron Larson (The most dedicated student
  volunteer!)
 Karen Hilding (It wouldn’t have started without
  her.)
 Kenny Turck (Saving the world one kid at a time.)
 Parents who allow their kids to get dirty.
 Families who sacrifice time together for the
  greater good.
 Willmar Food Shelf
 Kandiyohi County Food Systems
 Vinje Lutheran Youth
A new partner: 11 February 2009
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Mass the ash for Sunrise AgriFuels
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Carmike Cinemas Kandi 6, has let us burn
          their waste popcorn
              Upcoming Dates
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 March 3rd, 1:15 PM, Cardinal Clips student
 interview with Dr. Kjergaard at the
 greenhouse

 April 18th, YES Rally / Earth Day
 Celebration at Prairie Woods
 Environmental Learning Center
         What does this project need?
 More planting beds, gutter planters, and supports.
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 Insulation for thermal storage tank and West Wing.
 Water barrels/drums/buckets.
 Coconut coir source or other peat alternative.
 Shovels/rakes/hoes/trowels.
 Help with summer gardens.
 Junior Master Gardener program.
 Business plan.
 Composting/vermicomposting program.
 Garden hose and reel.
 Community partners/contacts.
 New ideas.
   Don’t hesitate to dream.

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There would be no flowers unless
  someone first planted a seed.
  Our project applied for a Fisker’s
 Orange Thumb grant which included
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      answering this question!
 In an inter-galactic exchange program, an alien
 is sent to Earth to learn of our ways. The United
 Nations chooses you to explain how gardening
 makes you feel. Express it non-verbally
 because, of course, he doesn't speak your
 language.

 http://projectorangethumb.com/pot/pages/jsps/userma
 nagement/application.jsp
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  “YES! is a youth program of Prairie Woods
 Environmental Learning Center (PWELC) and
the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) that
uses hands-on experiential learning and energy
action projects to address energy opportunities
   and issues. For more information, contact
          PWELC at 320-354-3894 or
 www.prairiewoodselc.org/yes.html or SWIF at
                 800-594-9480.”

								
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