Phase II is about the project – building and using the facility. Construction of the physical project will take place on the 1.83 acres leased from the Town of Pagosa Springs. The build site is located along the San Juan River across the river from two of the three geothermal spas in the core of downtown Pagosa Springs.
In an effort to help the economic growth of our own community, two
of the three 42-foot greenhouses will be geodesic domes fabricated by a local company, Growing Spaces. The domes are made of triple wall polycarbonate triangles with black-lined heating pools and solar-controlled fans to regulate temperature. Construction will include foundations and heat exchanger/cooling systems with the requisite underground utilities.
Additional outside garden production areas, walkways, refrigeration units, public amenities, utilities, and an amphitheatre complete the physical project.
The first of the three greenhouses, the Education dome, was constructed in the Fall of 2016. The beds have been seeded and the plants are flourishing. Workdays are held every Tuesday and Saturday, from 10am-2pm, where volunteers can be viewed in action. When programming is developed, the dome will be devoted to teaching sustainable gardening skills and environmental education – pre-K through secondary students, Colorado State University Extension Services, and university level students, as well as visitors, eco-tourists and community members. A few of the beds will be devoted to the GGP’s desire to prove sustainability; plants will be sold to produce revenue for the project.
Community Gardens greenhouse
The Community Gardens greenhouse, the second dome, received a matching grant of $34K from the Colorado Garden Foundation to be awarded in March, 2018. This greenhouse will be devoted to community organizations interested in renting garden beds; the produce grown will belong to the organizations. Suggested uses are community support of individuals in need, benefit to the the organization’s members, and Farmer’s Market sales. The GGP will provide the educational component to ensure the organizations’ success.
The third greenhouse will be devoted to innovation. As the first two greenhouses become sustainable, the third will be developed to provide the latest in scientific advancement.