Sherburne-Earlville is growing closer.
Technology teacher Scott Bugbee and select students will work in concert with a handful of Chobani representatives from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday as the school nears the completion of a greenhouse project.
“Thousands of pieces are coming together,” said Bugbee, who wrote a greenhouse proposal in 2016 that landed a $25,000 donation from the best-selling Greek Yogurt brand in America. “This is totally funded by Chobani, to help support the agriculture program and our newly created foods and nutrition program.”
Bugbee added that Saturday will be a key work day as the group will attach 8mm-thick polycarbonate panels to metal bows that stand 4 feet apart and outline an all-stone floor. The project includes 40 tons of stones from locally-owned Adsit Septic and Excavating and a greenhouse kit from Griffin Greenhouse Supplies. The project officially started this past summer and should be structurally complete before winter hits.
Bugbee added the greenhouse is expected to be up and running for the spring season, when S-E will grow vegetables to strengthen its fledgling agriculture program. Agriculture classes are currently offered as electives to high school students in grades 9-12.
Chobani is funding the project through the Chobani Foundation, which it created to empower positive, sustainable change locally, regionally and globally. Sherburne-Earlville is less than 10 miles north of Chobani’s Norwich offices and roughly the same distance from the yogurt-maker’s New Berlin production plant to the west.
Who: Sherburne-Earlville CSD; Chobani
What: Status of Greenhouse Project
Where: On school grounds, next to S-E field hockey field
When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday
Related online sites
Griffin Greenhouse Supplies: www.griffins.com