Fun road trip to see first of it’s kind Solar/high tunnel greenhouse

Thanks to Dallas Flynn of Frazee, MN for showing us around his beautiful Forest Glen Farm and his first of it’s kind solar/high tunnel greenhouse.  This innovative greenhouse uses the power of the sun to heat air that is blown through tubes to maintain a higher ground temperature for plants during the cold weather months.

We took this fun road trip to learn more about this working example of this unique greenhouse.  I’m working with some staff and friends in Fargo to find a good site for a possible pilot project solar/high tunnel here.  It would be great to find a site that’s highly visible and easy to get to so people could walk, bike, or take transit if they don’t have a car or don’t want to drive.

If you’d like to see more about this idea go to the Fargo Comprehensive Plan citizen engagement tool Mind Mixer at www.go2030.net replicate  in Fargo to help promote local foods and community gardening.

www.go2030townhall.com

MindMixer acts as a virtual town-hall allowing community planning to happen online.

Now back to Dennis Flynn and Forest Glen Farm:

They built this in 2008 and now can grow 300 days a year greatly expanding their production and fun.  The Flynns don’t go south for the winter, if they want to visit the tropics, they go have lunch in their greenhouse where it’s 80 degrees in the middle of winter.

The Flynns Forest Glen Farm is a member of Minnesota Grown, he’s also a wine maker and member of the ND Wine Growers Association.  You can find Dennis on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the summer months at the Detroit Lakes Farmers Market 10 am to 2 pm

The first ones to greet us at Forest Glen Farm were the Scottish Highland cattle

Dallas Flynn in his solar/high tunnel greenhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas doesn't uses organic gardening techniques, not a spot on his plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas built this 30" X 48' solar/high tunnel for about $26,000. His family uses some of the produce and he markets the rest Tuesdays and Saturdays in Detroit Lakes Farmers Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas with his Forest Glen Farm produce trailer. He's a member of Minnesota Grown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis has a great adaptive use of a product for starting new plants that helps transfer them into soil without disturbing the roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis planted this forest in 1986 and grows delectable shitake mushrooms on wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They already had a great shitake harvest, the next one will be late June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flynns not only built a beautiful home for themselves, they build the bees unique homes for hives giving them room to pollenate while reducing the risk for disease if one colony picks something up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas built this house for a show and tell about the colony. His grandchildren aren't the only ones that are fascinated by it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's Dallas with our road crew of Bob Stein, Dani Jermyn, Kim Citrowski, and Dawn Mayo. They all do a fantastic job helping make Fargo a better place everyday. Thanks to you all!

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Name: Mike Williams Location: Fargo, North Dakota Website: http://www.electwilliams.com Occupation: Risk Manager Family Mutual Insurance Fargo City Commissioner since 2004, re-elected in 2008 and 2012 About Me: I'm a pragmatic optimist that's grateful for all the wonderful people in my life
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