November 4th Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205, 11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie WA
How to Build a Low-Cost Air Supported Greenhouse
with Bob Buker, PhD
FREE to the public and members. No registration required.
Bob is a retired Ohio State University professor and his PhD is in plant breeding. He has designed and built air supported greenhouses for the last 50 years. His presentation will include a how-to on building the 1400 sq. ft. greenhouse that he used for 10 years. Averaging out the cost of the concrete footing, plastic, fan, and electricity was 2 cents per sq. ft. per year. Each year, Bob had tomatoes, eggplant and watermelon in bloom before the last frost of spring. Bob and his wife garden on the family farm bought in 1883. They both went to Hazel Dell grade school and were active in 4-H.
Bob expertise and innovations kept him traveling all around the world to help struggling farmers in places such as China, Uganda, Somalia and many places in Central Asia. Bob says the same motivation that use to drive him all over the globe continues to drive his effort to keep his acreage productive. One day, volunteers harvested and delivered 3,411 pounds of Bob’s sweet corn to the food bank, the next day another 2,894 pounds. All of Bob’s productive land is dedicated to growing food for charity.