University of Maine at Presque Isle Starts Construction of Research Greenhouse
The University of Maine at Presque Isle has started construction of its state-of-the-art, four-season Teaching and Research Greenhouse.
The greenhouse – which is a result of a USD935,000 investment – will be a 2,000 sq.ft. structure, when completed, that will include two climate-controlled research labs, a teaching classroom, and a faculty office. The greenhouse’s state-of-the-art design is meant to maximize energy and operation efficiency. Key features include double layer polycarbonate transparent panels for roof and walls, LED grow light systems, watering and ventilation systems – including destratification, exhaust, and circulation fans, as well as an advanced climate control system and sensor capacity. The technology will help support the university’s current research efforts such as disease management, soil fertility, and economic opportunities for Main growers and agricultural producers.
Furthermore, the faculty will utilize the new facility to host professional development workshops for training in techniques such as seedling production and grafting and collaborate with community and state partners such as the Maine Farm Bureau, Maine Sustainable Agriculture Association, Future Farmers of America and others.
The greenhouse project has been made possible through several funding sources, including grants from the Maine Potato Board, McCain Foods, and Farm Credit East among others.