Passerby Spots Fire at UT Greenhouse

A 40-year-old nursery business might have been a total loss if not for the actions of passers-by who sounded the alarm and firefighters who quickly doused a greenhouse blaze, supervisors said Thursday.gardens

Clinton Nursery and Country Store supervisors surveying the damage from the Wednesday night fire stated the flames heavily damaged 2 greenhouse structures, but 12 others got away unblemished. Passers-by saw smoke rising from the nursery about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, and Clinton firemen’s had the fire out in about 20 minutes, Fire Chief David Olsen said.

Because the fire struck toward the rear of the nursery complex and power was lost only to that location, the nursery was open Thursday, relatively untouched aside from the smell of burned wood, metal, fiberglass and plant matter.

” We were lucky,” said Michele Howey, the nursery’s board president. “It might have cost us the entire facility.”

On Thursday, head grower Jed Diamond explained the blackened residues of a climate-controlled germination chamber– a modern seed incubator where the fire obviously began. The fire burned from there through a wall into a nearby greenhouse and damaged the roofs of both structures.

Howey pointed to a closed room about 20 feet from the germination chamber, saying it’s fortunate the fire didn’t get that far. “That’s the chemical shed,” she stated.

The fire department estimated damage at $100,000. Diamond said he thinks it may surpass $200,000. “There’s not a great deal of damage, but it’s expensive damage,” Diamond said, noting digital climate control equipment was destroyed when the germination chamber burned.

Olsen said the cause of the fire is undetermined and is under investigation.

“It was just a freak thing,” Howey said.

In the propagation house, Diamond plucked at charred metal and plastic from a tabletop. The table had actually been stacked with a new shipment of seeds. “There went $2,000,” he stated.

Diamond’s daddy began the nursery, at 1071 N. 2000 West, four years back. “I’ve been here since the day I was born,” he stated.

hbo90537---greenhouse-jpgHowey stated she likewise was thankful the fire did not reach the greenhouse just to the back of the germination house. There, the nursery grows season-long supplies of flowers that are acquired for beautification screens by Clinton and Coalville cities. The fire also will not slow the fruit and vegetables side of business, she stated, which features baskets of in your area grown and natural fruit and vegetables.

The nursery recently was offered to Dream field Farms, which has actually been participating in the nursery’s fruit and vegetables operation, Howey stated.Brett Hein added to this story.

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Greenhouses Mark Development in Vineyard Hills

A new set of high tunnel greenhouses will anchor a slipping hillside that ignores the city. 3 years of planning have actually led Grow Ohio Valley to officially lease the Vineyard Hills area for farming, and the organization’s founders are enthusiastic about the site’s future.

Grow OV rented the property from the Wheeling Housing Authority in 2014. The 30- by100-foot greenhouses were constructed within a cleared space of approximately 1 acre, and they will grow a range of fruits and vegetables to improve regional food production in a location with a restricted local food supply.three-greenhouses

Creator Danny Swan estimated that the 2 centers will produce $18,600 worth of crops every year. They will increase Grow OV’s general food yield by more than 50 percent.

“That’s method greater than a garden the size of these high tunnels,” he said, referring to the amount of food these elite greenhouses can produce versus outdoor farming.

He stated the tunnels will not only provide space to grow food, however they will contain a regulated climate to extend the growing season. Grow OV will be able to use the winter season to produce crops, and in situations of heavy spring rains saturating the soil – when fungi might lock to and damage plants – the greenhouses will offer shelter.

Swan stated the tunnels will likely ensure a dependable crop output the company can count on.

Aside from food, Executive Director Ken Peralta stated the hillside might eventually double as a community resource, running as a place for outdoor activities and neighborhood events.

“Long term, this could be a park in the center of Wheeling with food, flowers and fauna,” Peralta stated.

The site was previously the Lincoln Homes public housing advancement, prior to it was destroyed in 1999 when the Wheeling Housing Authority got a $17.1 million Hope VI grant. Some replacement houses were built, but the brand-new Grow OV site did not have stability for new advancement because of a slipping hillside.

The nonprofit has actually invested upwards of $40,000 excavating and building the site, up until now. Contributions have actually come from the Sisters of St. Joseph, the United States Department of Agriculture, The Schenk Foundation, the Hess Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley.

Spring greenhouse ready for Bussiness.
Spring greenhouse ready for Bussiness.

In the immediate future, there will be a need to plant cover crops to assist stabilize the still muddy, loose sections of the hill. Grow OV wants to reestablish native plants to do this, with the hope it would promote the return of native types of animals.

As an educational platform, Swan said greenhouses are a technology that illustrate the process of growing food in an intriguing manner. Grow OV has hosted a range of academic workshops, and Swan said the high tunnels will provide an engrossing setting to teach students about growing their own food.


“It’s something young people can sink their teeth into,” he stated.