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Plans under way for new greenhouse at West Hancock High School, funds needed

Plans under way for new greenhouse at West Hancock High School, funds needed

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Representing the greenhouse committee for West Hancock’s upcoming fundraiser, West Hancock High School Agriculture and FFA instructor Carolyn Badje cites a goal of raising between $68,000 and $88,000 to make a new greenhouse construction project a reality.

Badje will be visiting Britt area retailers on June 17 and joining the Britt Chamber of Commerce meeting on June 21 to discuss the project. She said the committee is seeking a new greenhouse to be built at the high school, which will provide WHHS students access to learning gardening skills year-round.

“We can fully integrate hands-on learning in the classroom and take full advantage of increased learning opportunities,” said Badje in a letter sent to potential fund donors. “This is not just limited to the agriculture students, but we would like to incorporate learning from all levels of education.”

Local FFA students would be able to complete experiments and supervised agricultural experiences with a new facility. There would be a better platform for growing plants and having plant sales in both the spring and fall. It would also provide for better means of starting all vegetables for the community garden.

The existing school greenhouse was built more than 25 years ago and is in need of replacement. It is difficult to use and to incorporate classroom curriculum and projects, according to Badje.

The school district anticipates being able to commit approximately $22,000 to the purchase of a new greenhouse, but the additional $68,000 to $88,000 is needed for the project based on price quotes from Stuppy Greenhouse and GrowSpan.

Donations may be sent to West Hancock High School, Greenhouse Project, 420 9th Avenue SW, Britt, Iowa 50423. In order to get final quotes and approve a bid to start construction, approximately 75 percent of funds must first be secured. All donation levels will be recognized for the contribution with a sign by the greenhouse. Anyone donating in memory of someone should make it clear when making a donation.

Rob Hillesland is community editor for the Summit-Tribune. He can be reached at 641-421-0534, or by email at


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