Today the greenhouse team finished construction of the first greenhouse in Zambia! A windy morning made it tricky to attach the plastic glazing to the structure, but the team can’t be stopped. With the help of Calvin, the carpenter, and his apprentice, we did it!
Women who may be managing the greenhouse stopped by to check out our work. We spoke with them to educate the women on the benefits of greenhouse farming through a visual PowerPoint. The group of women couldn’t wait to start their work, which was great news! Megan, Nikki, Aya, and Staci tried to hash out the business model with the women to determine who would manage growing and how the crop yield profit would be divided. There was definitely some confusion and items to be reconciled, so the business model still needs to be finalized. The finalized model will guarantee sustainability and community benefit.
The remainder of the night consisted of planning and organizing for the second greenhouse to be built. While members gathered and loaded supplies, Brett hammered away to cut new washers for the following greenhouses. This turned out to be quite the spectacle because of the noise, so it was collectively decided to buy more washers at the market. We are excited to work even harder to complete the next construction job in only two days time!