Sheri Hink-Wagner | Johnson Publications
Baxter Concrete’s crew, headed by Barry Hackney, was on-site Monday pouring concrete on the Wauneta-Palisade greenhouse. FFA co-advisor Rod Gaston anticipates construction will be finished by mid-March.
Construction underway on Wauneta-Palisade greenhouse
Construction on the Wauneta-Palisade Schools greenhouse is well underway. A crew from Baxter Concrete, headed by Barry Hackney, was on-site Monday pouring the greenhouse’s concrete floor.
WP FFA co-advisor Rod Gaston said once the concrete floor is complete construction of the building will commence. He said they will start assembly on any nice days Mother Nature gives them. He hopes to have the greenhouse construction completed by mid-March.
Gaston said the greenhouse structure itself was $32,000 plus electrical and concrete work. The school will also need to purchase supplies such as tables, pots and mixing materials.
The project was given approximately $20,000 in seed money from the WP FFA group and has received several other grants and donations. To date they have received $10,000 from Monsanto, $2,000 from Farm Credit Services, $2,500 from Randy and Loretta Raile and donations of approximately $5,000. Gaston said the group has been impressed with the generosity of the community in supporting the project.
Gaston said it will take six to eight weeks after construction is complete for students to get into the greenhouse and learn how to operate things.