Pendle Hill Greenhouse Project
|Pendle Hill Greenhouse Project|
|How the Greenhouse Works|
|The Greenhouse Design|
|Posts and Roof|
Pendle Hill built a permanent greenhouse for its organic garden. The greenhouse lets us extend the growing season and start seeds. But this building is more than just a practical resource; the structure and its construction also serve the spiritual and intellectual needs of Pendle Hill and the greater community.
Our goal was to build a greenhouse ourselves from locally harvested, recycled, and non-toxic materials. It has a stone foundation, cob and strawbale walls, and posts from hardwood trees culled from Pendle Hill's woods. This aesthetically pleasing low-tech building is functional, durable and cheap.
The environmentally friendly building techniques bear witness to our commitment to simplicity and mindfulness, and are a statement against the often environmentally destructive, needlessly extravagant, and overly expensive building practices in our society. We hope this project showcases the feasibility of environmentally friendly building techniques in the Philadelphia area.