33′ Growing Dome Installation at Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden

Site preparations for a 33' Growing Dome

“Off Again To High Adventure”
with Richard Miller, Growing Spaces Staff

Question: What do Growing Spaces, Rodale Institute, and Shumei Natural Agriculture have in common?

Answer: A 33′ Growing Dome

Growing Dome at Rodale Institute

Yes, it’s true…Here we go again. Janet and I, the lowly vent maker, are “off again to high adventure”. Well, 15′-6″ high at least, to the top of the Growing Dome! On April 1st, we will begin installing a 33′ Growing Dome at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA for the Shumei Natural Agriculture garden. It’s been about 3 and half years since the existing 22′ Growing Dome was installed by Rodale and Shumei staff, volunteers and myself. So, this time, Janet is coming to make sure I do it right.

I’ll keep you on the edge of your seat?? with pictures and commentary. Think of it, it will be like you’re right there holding a piece of polycarbonate glazing for me and wondering why I’m in charge!

For sure, this is a special project and we are honored to be part of it. The science behind Rodale, the exquisite art of farming by Shumei and a greenhouse product that is “Where Life Thrives”, all teamed up to provide a “working” model of a way to grow and think about our life, our food!

Be part of the adventure – stayed tuned. Richard

3-29-2013 Good Friday: WATCH OUT FOR THE HOLLAND TUNNEL when in Manhattan. When we arrived at JFK Airport the Shumei farmer at the Rodale Institute, Kenji Ban, met us at Delta Airline arrivals and we were off. Little did we know it would take us 1:40 hr. to travel 6 blocks before Kenji could turn out of traffic and get us out of there. Finally, after dark we arrived at Rodale, and for now GOOD NIGHT!

 3-30-2013 Saturday: ALL PLAY AND NO WORK. I’m sitting in the formal living room of an old, circa 1827, house at the Rodale Institute looking through Our Roots Run Deep, the story of Rodale. We are waiting for Kenji to pick us up for the new Shumei House party. Shumei just purchased a 1868 old church in Lyon Station, near Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Janet and I had a GREAT time and the pictures explain some of it.

4-1-2013 APRIL FOOLS: You thought we were starting the Growing Dome, HA! HA! The pictures show our progress with digging holes/trenches for electric and looking for water lines. Next we can get to work on the greenhouse!

Shumei building in Pennsylvania
Volunteers digging for greenhouse utilities
Woman in traditional Japanese clothing playing violin

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Kyle joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoys being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!I graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 2009 and moved to Gunnison, Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from Western State Colorado University, I moved back to my home town Pagosa Springs. Since moving back home in 2013, I have been working to develop a farm in Arboles. In my spare time, one may find me backpacking in the wilderness, cruising on a mountain bike, slacklining in the park, or skiing Wolf Creek. I also enjoy creating art when I am not outdoors. The mediums that I enjoy working with are yarn, canvas and paint, and clay. I have been experimenting with aquapoinics and am always excited to share knowledge on the subject with others. I joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoy being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!

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