Native Garden, September 2017
Fence Project, September 2017
The removal of the badly damaged fencing and the installation of 630 feet of new 6 foot chain link fencing along the two backsides of the Sustainable Living Center and Central Park Greenhouses have been completed. This long awaited project coordinated by the Friends of the Greenhouse will greatly improve the safety and security of the facility. Funding for this project was made possible through a grant from The Carlilian Foundation. We also appreciate the assistance from the City of Schenectady for the removal of trees and debris along the fenced area. The trenched area dug by the City will soon be lined with weed paper and filled with stone to reduce weed growth along the new fencing.
Greenhouse Repairs, Spring 2017
Spring of 2017 saw the completion of the installation of 5 new vent motors and the weather guard sensor system in the greenhouses. This project has greatly improved the air flow circulation and response to weather conditions in the 3 greenhouses. This spring the Master Gardeners, the Roots and Wisdom program and Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County were able to utilize all 3 greenhouses to full capacity for each of their educational programs and activities.
A special thanks to the following businesses and individuals who made this project possible: Berkshire Bank Foundation, CCESC Master Gardeners, Stewart’s Shops, Rotary Club of Schenectady, Price Chopper Golub Foundation and Nancy Nicholas and Ralph Blackwood.
Education Building Improvements, November 2016
Several parishioners including Father Jerry from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Glenville participating in the First Annual Immaculate Conception Service Day helped us paint the classroom. The fresh coat of paint really brightened and improved the overall appearance this room which is used on a regular basis by Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County for many of their educational programs, activities and meetings.
This spring funding from a prior Wright Family Foundation grant was used to replace and install new doors and windows and repair damaged subflooring in the classroom. We are extremely grateful to Harbrook Fine Windows, Doors &Hardware for their generous donation of a Marvin Integrity Two Wide Double Hung Window Unit. This project has greatly improved the lighting and air flow in the classroom. New flooring will be installed later this fall.
Union College’s Annual Community Experience Pre-Orientation, September 2016
In September 2016, 20 incoming first year students and 4 student leaders assisted the Friends of the Greenhouse with a number of projects which included the painting of the picnic tables and the classroom porch deck, and major clean up and organization of the Master Gardeners/Roots and Wisdom Potting Shed.
Replacing Greenhouse Glass, June 2015
Working in partnership with the City of Schenectady, FOGH was able to coordinate the replacement of over 30 glass panels in the greenhouses that were missing, cracked or broken and help with heating costs.
This has allowed Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County (CCE, SC) to utilize the greenhouses for growing plants and vegetables used in the Master Gardeners educational programs and the Roots and Wisdom’s Harvest Share Program.