Greenhouse envy: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community native plants geodesic dome

YOOPERNEWSMAN | September 27, 2010 | Pollinator protection and native plants propagation thrived in 2010 thanks to the United States Forest Service, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Cedar Tree Institute.

The greenhouse was purchased from Growing Spaces of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. About 15 volunteers began erecting it on May 17, 2010, and it was finished five days later. The greenhouse includes reflectics insulation on the north side, three solar-powered cooling fans that will take “cool air from the outside and blow it into the dome to help keep it cool in the summer” and a 2,000 gallon water tank designed to store heat, said Allan Werthan, crew supervisor for Growing Spaces. “It’s designed to grow year around with solar energy — it collects the heat of the day and stores it in massive water tank — so the heat will dissipate slowly at night.”

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