Part 2: 33′ Growing Dome Installation at the Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden

Drilling concrete piers for a Growing Dome greenhouse

The 33′ Growing Dome at the Shumei Natural Agriculture Garden at the Rodale Institute is going up nicely. Richard Miller has been kind enough to send us updates as they go, so you can feel like you’re right there with them!

4-2-13 Puxatawney Phil is part of a stew right about now. No, not because the weather is any thing like Colorado, but the weather has been the best reason for not having the foundation ready and since Phil can’t talk, guess who is in the hot seat so to speak (that would be me). Anyway, the pictures of us working on the piers and digging trenches for water lines tell the story.

4-3-13 Wednesday: One week left! Where did the day go?? We basically worked from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm and I don’t recall working on a Growing Dome. Oh, that’s right, we were still finishing the Sonatube foundation. Once again the pics tell the story. We pour concrete first thing tomorrow morning, let’s see…

Preparing to construct a Growing Dome greenhouse on concrete piers

4-4-13 Thursday: Concrete, and can you believe it, some people actually got to work on Growing Dome pieces, at least the stem wall and pentagon assembly. Check out the photos, thanks for interns and Shumei volunteers!!

Assembling struts for a 33' Growing Dome greenhouse

4-5-13 Friday: Life after a hot shower – reflecting on this past week, it’s interesting how my perspective can change. Gratitude – that’s what I’m feeling. Think of the short list of people on this planet that can take a “hot” shower and how your body feels afterwards. Gratitude – one of the basic principles in Shumei. Please don’t let me forget that! The weekend is soon at hand. This morning started with two end dumps full of gravel to fill up that 33′ Growing Dome middle. We worked on some Growing Dome components and leveled gravel, and leveled gravel, and leveled gravel….The backhoe operator took out one of the piers, so we had to fix it, shoot it in with the others, and repour. Life has it’s adventures. Anyway, tomorrow with volunteer help we will start to assemble the Growing Dome structure.

4-6-13 Saturday: Cold am, mild afternoon. We finished cladding stem wall and started to assemble wall on the piers. We entered the dimensional shift game, moving the Growing Dome to get just that “sweet” spot of where it wants to be. I know cause the Growing Dome told me so!

Constructing wall sections for a Growing Dome greenhouse

4-7-13 Sunday: Good day with good friends and help. We got the first level up. We still have the final 3 sections of leveling and then on to installing the door pentagon.

Volunteers assembling a Growing Dome greenhouse

4-8-13 Monday: Great weather, more like summer than spring. Finished the structure with the help of, as you can see from photos, a proud and hard working crew. Tomorrow, we have vent installation and cover the structure with the polycarbonate glazing panels. You’ll feel like you’re right there with us!!

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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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