We are proud to announce that in total our organization, with your support, has raised over $256,151 to be put toward this worthy endeavor. We would like to give special thanks to the Hugo H. & Mabel B. Young Foundation, Ashland County Community Foundation, Mohican Area Community Fund, and Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation for their incredible generosity and support, as well as a thank you to all of the individual and corporate donors who contributed and helped make this project a reality. With this major gift, the Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District has agreed to move forward with the construction project and will finance the rest of the cost. Mission accomplished!
In December 2023, a contract was awarded to Yoder Produce to construct the greenhouse. The expected completion date is May 1, 2024.
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 original plan also called 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 would 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.
The proposal would utilize the existing greenhouse location, while expanding the footprint to allow for additional educational space
Please note that final construction specifications may vary based on accepted bids and available financial support.
The Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted School District has hired Garman Miller architectural firm to streamline the engineering and bid process.