Truckee Elementary and the Dome Raising Project Come Together

Snow Kits For Greenhouses

Awhile back we introduced you to Susie Sutphin and Bill Kelly of Truckee Community Farm in California. They had recently purchased and built a 33′ Growing Dome from Growing Spaces and were already looking to expand beyond their current garden. They had a vision for the Dome Raising Project as a part of their budding Tahoe Food Hub to get Growing Domes in local area schools so that youth could learn about growing their own food and the local food network could be strengthened. We’re excited to be able to report that they are making amazing strides in their mission as is reported in last week’s Sierra Sun: A ‘growing’ technology: Agricultural dome being considered for Truckee Elementary School

We are busy at work at our facility developing the new 28′ Sierra Kit designed to handle the extreme snow-loads in the Truckee/Tahoe area and, thus, be in accordance with local building codes. The snow loads required are over three times what our Classic Kit is rated for (60psf) and up until now we have found that the Classic Kit snow loads were more than enough to meet building codes across the country. They sure get a lot of wet, heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are collaborating with the Dome Raising Project to be able to deliver this product once funding is in place for Truckee Elementary School.


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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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