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UB Students Build A West Side Greenhouse

This past Saturday I happened upon professor Kevin Connors and his UB students completing the final stages on a West Side greenhouse. The greenhouse is being built for the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), in order for the organization to nurture seedling growth before being replanted into existing neighboring MAP-constructed soil beds. The project is in its final stages with only 5% left to go. “The last 5% is always the hardest,” Kevin told me. “And today we’re trying to beat the rain. The greenhouse is being built for MAP’s Growing Green Program… it’s being constructed of straw, wood, recycled pallets, polycarbonate, lime plaster with a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water on the inside. This is all part of the Natural Building Systems program that I teach at UB.”
This is just one more West Side project that UB has been a part of in recent years. Last summer we witnessed the student’s work on the spinning Putnam house, and years earlier we were graced with a series of artistic projects in Allentown. And don’t forget about this park project on the East Side. Now there is another spot on the map that has been created by Connors and his UB team. The greenhouse is on Massachusetts near Brayton… not far from Urban Roots.

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