Partygoers celebrate at the Green House Projects fundraiser Volunteers weed, take out old tables, ultimately clean
Photo by Rachel Hanson. entire greenhouse. Photo courtesy of Nick Hylla.
This past weekend was a successful one for the local non-profit Central Rivers Farmshed. On Saturday, the group staged a volunteer cleanup day with the help of almost 60 volunteers at the recently acquired Sorenson Greenhouse.
In five hours, two of the five greenhouses were cleaned up as plywood walls, seedling tables and irrigation systems were knocked down. Central Rivers Farmshed hopes that the greenhouses, purchased by local author Patrick Rothfuss, will become a flourishing and prominent community food center.
Later that night, a benefit for The Greenhouse Project was held at the Wetter’s Farm on Casimir Road. The event was hosted by Farmshed and called the HallowGreen Barn Bash. Around 500 people attended as the night featured several bluegrass bands, beer from Central Waters, a chili cook-off, jack-o-lantern carving and psychic readings.
Over $8,000 was raised for the project, and the group is optimistic of the Greenhouse Project’s future and the community’s dedication to it.
"This is an enormous project, but everyone’s ready for it and they are lending both money and muscle to move it forward. It’s inspiring to be part of something so groundbreaking," said Central Rivers Farmshed Interim Executive Director Layne Cozzolino.
The University of Wisonsin - Stevens Point's Student Government Association is also aiding the project, as a grant has been agreed upon to give $30,000 to employ a wide array of students from different disciplines to work at the greenhouse. SGA President Ryan Rutledge spoke to the importance of such a project to the area.
"I think the Greenhouse is not only a great opportunity for the students of UWSP to be involved in the sustainable procurement of healthy foods, but is also a great partnership with the community," Rutledge said. "As per the grant with SGA, the Greenhouse has agreed to expend $18,000 of the funds directly back to the students."
To get more info on the Central Rivers Farmshed, visit their website at www.farmshed.org.