Shippensburg FFA advisor Kelly Bier has dreamed of opening a new and improved greenhouse at the high school for several years. Her vision came to fruition last week as she and the high school FFA students, administration and members of the community marked its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Back in 2015, this project started with the Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant, which was about $2,500,” she said. “My plan was to replace the small greenhouse that we had before and we started to get additional funding to work toward that goal. I worked with a local company to get a quote for a greenhouse. They gave me a quote and I went back to them and said I was ready to move forward. They told me, ‘Oh sorry, we don’t want to work with you anymore.’ I was devastated and heartbroken. It took me a little while to regroup, but then I went back and started to raise additional funds. I found another greenhouse company, Arcadia GlassHouse, which we’re excellent to work with. They did an amazing job on the project and the greenhouse. Once I got that quote, I definitely needed additional funding. It took me until the fall of 2018 to get that additional funding. In total for the greenhouse project, we raised $43,310. We started the process of getting the permits and getting it approved by the board. November of 2020 was when we started the excavation project and the greenhouse was built in January of 2021.”