One of the core curriculums of national agriscience standards is the study of plant life and nutrition through classwork in a greenhouse environment. When those standards were adopted in the 1980s, our organization was proud to privately raise funding for, and construct, an agriscience greenhouse at Loudonville High School. That facility has served the LHS agriscience and horticulture classes well for over three decades. The original greenhouse has now reached the end of its lifespan and is no longer usable by the school for academic curriculum, therefore we need your help to build a new--and improved--greenhouse for the future.
Loudonville FFA Alumni & Supporters has once again taken the lead raising funds for this critical project; working closely with the Loudonville-Perrysville School District, Loudonville FFA Chapter, charitable foundations, and donors like you. With your support, we will be able to replace the current greenhouse with a large, more accessible, more flexible space that not only continues the promise of agricultural education but enhances the opportunities for our community to learn about plant life and sustainability for decades to come.
The proposed greenhouse measures 48x60, and will be built with straight walls on a solid concrete slab to provide ADA accessibility and maximum floorspace efficiency. This will also allow for flexible educational space, incorporating a classroom area as well as traditional spaces for potting, hydroponics, aquaculture, and more.
The plan also calls for a hardscaped outdoor area to serve as additional classroom space and to allow for raised garden beds, relocating the existing apiary, etc. The hardscape area will keep the area low maintenance but ensure a clean and tidy look. Should funding allow, we would also incorporate red brick into the design to match the existing school facilities.
A breakdown of the budget, as of spring 2022 is:
The proposal would utilize the existing greenhouse location, while expanding the footprint to allow for additional educational space