Advice for updating an old greenhouse / Community Aquaponics Project

Asked June 25, 2018, 10:15 AM EDT

Hello, I​ am ​starting​ a community-led aquaponics project in Lansing​, MI,​​ and am contacting MSU Extension for any advice you can give for this project. I have identified​ a greenhouse​ at the Beekman Center (part of Lansing School District) for this project; ​however, the greenhouse has not been used for two decades and I am unsure of what updates are needed to make it functional again. In order to get an accurate estimate for our budget I need to learn a bit more about how greenhouses function, and what is needed to maintain year-round growing, especially in Michigan winters. ​At this point in the project we have no money devoted, and I am hoping that knowledge-bases like MSU Extension are willing their volunteer their time and resources to help us assess the greenhouse structure and suggest an estimate for it to be functional again. Ultimately I would like to partner with MSU Extension for the aquaponics project as well. At it's best, I envision this project to be an additional educational opportunity for the Lansing School District, a resource to provide food and revenue to the community it serves, and an outreach opportunity for MSU's faculty and students. Thank you for your time, Helen McGuirk

Ingham County Michigan

3 Responses

Thank you for your question Helen! I've been trying to find a person here at MSU to connect you with. Many people have been out on vacation the past couple of weeks. I just wanted to let you know that we are working on finding an answer for you!

Thank you!

Thank you very much for the update. I understand staffing is variable this time of year, but I am looking forward to hearing what you guys come up with!

I have a couple of individuals for you to contact. If you are interested in renovating the greenhouse you can contact Heidi Lindberg: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/experts/heidi_wollaeger. Also, here is an MSU Extension website which may have some helpful information https://www.canr.msu.edu/floriculture/.

For the area of aquaponics you can contact Elliot Nelson and his contact information is below. You may also want to visit the Michigan SeaGrant website: http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/.

I hope this information is helpful!

Elliot Nelson
Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator
Michigan State University Extension
Phone: 906-635-2845 | Cell: 906-322-0353
Email: elliotne@msu.edu | Web: miseagrant.umich.edu | msue.msu.edu