James Straub

Greenhouse Project Continues to Grow



James Straub

Winter crops and recent plantings are thriving in the greenhouse at Blue Hill Consolidated School. On Monday afternoon, soil temperatures inside the structure were 65 degrees.

BROOKSVILLE — Now in its fourth season, the Greenhouse Project is growing like hothouse tomatoes.

Co-founded in 2009 by Tony Ferrara of Brooksville and Tom Adamo of Penobscot, the Greenhouse Project is changing landscapes in Hancock and Washington counties.

Over the past three years, the project helped build 105 greenhouses in the two counties, using 53,876 square feet of Polycarbonate and more than $73,000 in materials.

An informational meeting in Brooksville last Saturday drew 56 homeowners who wanted to know more about the benefits of building a small greenhouse at their homes.

Ninety-two prospective greenhouse builders attended a similar meeting in Machias on Feb. 12.

The group’s next presentation will be held at Woodlawn in Ellsworth from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

Adamo said he and Ferrara conceived the Greenhouse Project after attending a daylong conference on Sustainability, Energy, Livelihood and Food (SELF) at the Bay School in Blue Hill.

“After the conference, people returned to their towns and organizations and discussed what they could do,” Adamo said. “We decided to promote greenhouses as a way to promote sustainable food.”

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James Straub

Reporter at Ellsworth American
Former Ellsworth American reporter James Straub covered the towns on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. He lives in Brooklin.