In the previous blog, you read about how Russon Family Farms bought a four-bedroom house, sitting on two and a half acres of prime farmland, where CCPP can implement its Permaculture Incubator Program.
The acquisition of the property means that CCPP is on target to launch the incubator program in 2024, as was originally planned. We will start recruiting trainees in the fall of 2023. However, there are still things that need to be done for the incubator programme to be successful.
One of the main things is we want to build a climate battery greenhouse. During the spring, summer and fall, the trainees can grow food outside. A climate battery greenhouse would allow them to continue to grow food in the winter, which means they would have revenue, year-round.
Here’s how it works: during the day, air that has been passively warmed in the greenhouse is blown through a system of tubes, several feet underground, charging the soil with latent heat. At night, when the temperature drops, the heat, stored in the soil, is blown back up into the greenhouse.
Here is a link to a video that shows how it would work.
When Russon Family Farms bought the property, we pretty much maxed out our resources. And, unfortunately, funding from the government and private foundations has not been forthcoming. Therefore, we are planning a crowd source funding campaign in 2023 to mobilize resources to pay for the climate battery greenhouse construction. We’ll update as that gets closer to reality.