Thanks to Dallas Flynn of Frazee, MN for showing us around his beautifulÂ Forest Glen Farm and his first of it’s kind solar/high tunnel greenhouse. Â 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. Â He built the whole unit for less than $26,000 in 2008.
We took this fun road trip to learn more about this working example of this unique greenhouse. Â I’m working with some staff and friends in Fargo to find a good site for a possible pilot project solar/high tunnel here. Â 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.
I’m also going to Madison WI Congress of New Urbanism June 1 – 4th to learn more about community gardens. Â As a significant component of healthy, sustainable, and active urban design, they are showcasing Madison’s success with community gardens and greenhouses to aid hunger, increase access to fresh local food, add more activities warm or cold.
Here’s another example of a local family building there own unique greenhouse built from repurposed materials: Â http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/320415/publisher_ID/1/
If you’d like to see more about this idea go to the Fargo Comprehensive Plan citizen engagement toolÂ Mind Mixer at www.go2030.net replicate Â in Fargo to help promote local foods and community gardening.
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. Â 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. Â You can find Dennis on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the summer months at theÂ Detroit Lakes Farmers Market 10 am to 2 pm