Our First Harvest

One year ago…the “seeds” were planted to begin the process of adding a tunnel house to the VBAS campus.  Through the untiring efforts of Mr. James Currington, Executive Director of Wiregrass RC&D Council, we had our first harvest yesterday !!!

From This…In May,2015

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To our first planting in November, 2015…

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And our first harvest, January, 2016 !!!

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Curly Kale…before the harvest

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A Wonderfully Busy Week…The Tunnel House

Wednesday, November 18th

  • Thanks to the untiring efforts of Mr. James Currington, Executive Director, Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development, donations from Wiregrass Construction, Enterprise Rotary Club and the support of Representative Steve Clouse, our city leaders and our surrounding community the Vivian B. Adams School Family “showcased” our new and very special handicapped accessible tunnel house.
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VBAS Board Members, Chic Gary, Pat Jackson and Joe Adams

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Chic Gary, Joe Adams, James Currington, Starla Andrews, Pat Jackson, Bill Kamerer, Bob Crosby, Steve Clouse and Hannah Parker introducing our new tunnel house.

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Vivian helping to plant.

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VBAS Board Members Joe Adams, Diane Murphy and Bill Kamerer with first plantings.

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Rep. Steve Clouse helping “hands on” with this new project

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Ceremonial ” First Planting”

The Tunnel House is Underway !!!

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Construction has begun !! The VBAS Tunnel House Project is officially underway….adding this structure to our campus will give our individuals an opportunity to grow winter greens such as collards, kale and a wide variety of lettuces for personal use, our lunchroom to use and hopefully an overflow to sell to our friends in the community !!!

VBAS is very excited to partner with Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development in adding a tunnel house to our campus.  Enterprise Rotary Club and Wiregrass Construction have also partnered with us to provide resources.

This project will progress quickly….we will keep you posted !

FYI:   A tunnel house is a tunnel made of a wooden frame and covered with polyethylene. The interior heats up from the sun and warms plants, soil, and other things inside the building faster than heat can escape the structure. Air warmed by the heat from hot interior surfaces is retained in the building by the roof and wall. Tunnel Houses can be used to provide a higher temperature and/or humidity than that which is available in the environment but can also protect crops. This allows fruits and vegetables to be grown at times usually considered off season.