Ag program adds movable greenhouse
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Dr. Suzanne Campbell, Federal STEM Grant Project Director, presented the SCCC/ATS Board of Trustees with a report Monday about the grant's fifth and final year.
"As we enter the final year of the grant with the curriculum fully piloted, the program specialists are able to identify equipment needs that were not originally included in the grant," Campbell stated in her narrative. Those items include spectrophotometers, analytical balances and microscopes for Food Science & Safety, as well as a small tractor, movable "high tunnel" (greenhouse) and produce coolers for Sustainable Agriculture Resources, and an ultra low freezer with racks for Microbiology.
In the new business portion of its meeting, the Board approved the purchase of a fourth high tunnel (greenhouse) for the Sustainable Agriculture program, using federal STEM Grant funds. Morgan County Seeds of Barnett, Mo., submitted the only bid, which the Board approved at a cost of $20,874. The new greenhouse will be constructed by the vendor, and will differ from the three existing high tunnels in that it will be fully movable to double the possible growing season options. When one greenhouse-cultivated crop is ready for transplant or fully outdoor growth, explained Sustainable Agriculture Instructor David Coltrain, the high tunnel can be moved to sustain a new set of beginning crops.