A small, diverse permaculture farm in beautiful SE Minnesota - our dream come true life focused on Local Food, Local Art, Local Music.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We celebrated Labor Day by laboring - erecting the frame of our high-tunnel greenhouse. We were blessed with some awesome assistance--two families who connected with us at the Farmers Market. Here, Chad screws together the five lengths of each of the the ten arched beams.
The first beam is carried out to the prepared site.
The first arched beam is successfully inserted into the pipes dug into the ground.
The arch is adjusted to be plumb, then secured to the ground in three spots.
The second arch is moved into place.
Each successive arch went faster than the one before it.
Two down, eight to go.
The "twist of the wrist" connectors.
The last arch!
After the arches were erected, 5 rows of purlins were attached at joints of the arches and the peak.
The bottom purlins could be reached by ladders
But ladders had to be elevated on the pickup bed to attach the upper purlins.
This was the most nerve-wracking part (at least for an observer who has experienced a ladder accident.)
In the meanwhile, baseboards were being secured at the bottom. This job was harder than it looks - along one side a trench had to be hand-dug in the hard-packed clay soil. The cows watched curiously.
The last few sections of the last purlin!
Ready for the plastic to be stretched (on a future day.)
We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of our wonderful volunteer workers! We could not have gotten this structure erected without you!
In September 2008, we dived into our dream of creating a small, sustainable farm. Neither of us has previous farming experience, but we have enthusiasm and many ideas for this little 10-acre farmstead.