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Community Resource Mapping

PROJECT: Community Greenhouse
As Coal River residents began to gather to share their individual dreams for a healthier community, they quickly decided to establish themselves as a group by focusing on one concrete project: a greenhouse. In a community where gardening still plays a central role in daily life, a greenhouse can ensure that every part of the gardening process strengthen the local economy, so residents can avoid driving half an hour to Lowes to buy seedlings. The greenhouse also serves as a season-extender to produce local produce, as well as an ideal center for workshops on sustainable agriculture. With the help of over 20 volunteers, the group built a 40-by-12-foot hoop house, which produced an abundance of flowers, herbs, and vegetables – even late into the fall. A veteran local gardener volunteered to work as a greenhouse caretaker.