Passive Solar Greenhouse

GreenhouseAt Mission: Wolf, we grow our own food and teach our visitors that food comes from the earth, not from a package. In our high mountain climate, our growing season is incredibly short: only two to three months without frost. Our 300 square feet of greenhouse space extends our growing season into March and November, with many plants surviving entire harsh winters in our greenhouses.

This provides healthy, tasty additions to our diet, as well as reducing the amount of food we need to purchase to feed our staff. This can be especially helpful during the summer and fall: times when the output of our garden and greenhouse space are high, and we have numerous staff to help with summer projects and visitors.

Mission: Wolf greenhouseIn addition to the nutritional and financial benefits of growing our own food, our greenhouses and gardens offer volunteers and students a great opportunity to learn about organic gardening. We hope to inspire people to grow their own food at home.

Passive Solar Greenhouse Design

Our greenhouses are heated by the sun and cooled by natural airflow. We don't need any heaters or fans which means we don't use any energy in our greenhouses. An insulated foundation prevents heat loss in winter. Seven hundred gallons of water along the north wall store heat during the day and release it at night, providing effortless temperature regulation. Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about passive solar greenhouse design.

Gardening Resources:

Rodale's Successful Organic Gardening: Vegetables
(a wonderful book)

Community Gardens around America
Vegetable Planting Guide (extremely useful for mountain climates)

Timelapse: Constructing a Passive Solar Greenhouse at Mission: Wolf