Maintenance Workers Recognized for Help with Greenhouse at Carter Elementary | Home & Garden
Ted Emig, Coordinator for the Junior Master Gardeners of Central Georgia, recognized five Maintenance employees on Thursday, September 19, for their help in preparing the new greenhouse at Carter Elementary School.
The greenhouse was purchased with grants from the Master Gardeners of Central Georgia and a donation from a Carter Elementary School teacher. Three Master Gardeners assembled the greenhouse, but in order for the greenhouse to be fully functional, plumbing and electrical lines connections were needed.
Employees from the Maintenance Department were able to help the Master Gardeners complete their project.
Plumbers Dan Horton, Jay Johnson and Bruce McLaughlin provided the Master Gardeners with the technical aspects of putting in an irrigation system for the seven raised beds and water to the greenhouse. They also traveled to a plumbing warehouse with the Master Gardeners and helped them purchase the correct materials, and even delivered them to the school. Once the irrigation lines were run, the plumbers connected the line to the water supply at the school.
“About four or five days later, they came out to see if there were any problems,” Mr. Emig said. “Unfortunately there were a couple of problems and they fixed them immediately. While there, they helped me to install the timing system for the irrigation system. They came back a couple of more times to ensure that everything was working properly. Without the help and advice of the plumbers, the greenhouse and irrigation system would still be non-functional.”
Employees Larry Brewer and John Knight helped provide electrical assistance in setting up the greenhouse. They surveyed the area and ran electrical lines to the greenhouse and inside the greenhouse.
“They emphasized the need for safety and installed several outlet boxes that were ‘kid proof,’” Mr. Emig said.
The Master Gardeners of Central Georgia have been working with students at Carter Elementary since 2007 and will continue working with students there this year. Last school year, classes built and maintained seven raised beds where they grew carrots, lettuce, onions, radishes, turnips, strawberries, snap peas, okra, cucumbers and collards.