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Project ID: 126

Project steward

Jan Steinman

Project photos

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We need greenhouse starts, both for our own use, and for sale.


With a large greenhouse (24' x 148'), we can generate tens of thousands of dollars annually in starts, as well as supplying our own vegetable starts.

This will use solar power for temperature control, and will use our own biodiesel for winter/spring heating.


  • 2010-09-30 project begun.
  • 2011-03-12: greenhouse kit arrives from Steele Greenhouses.
  • 2011-10-20: arches raised.
  • 2012-03-25: skinned.
  • 2012-04-11: dividers complete
  • 2012-04-15: table toppers built
  • 2012-04-22: doors complete, with auto closers and stay-open hooks

Goal or deliverable

A 24' x 148' greenhouse, set up for producing transplant propagation starts.

Timeline, schedule, or end date

time-related aspects of the project, which may include intermediate deadlines, dependencies, etc


Design for greenhouse tables based upon several thousand square feet of stainless steel mesh obtained from BC Auctions and painted 2"x6" lumber from the horse fence across the frontage that we salvaged when we put up deer fencing.

generally, a numbered list of tasks, performed in order, that will together accomplish the project's goals or deliverables

  1. Obtain quote for greenhouse DONE
  2. Siting and permits DONE
  3. Construction and assembly
    1. Greenhouse:
      • layout location DONE
      • assemble and raise arches DONE
      • install purlins DONE
      • build gable ends and dividers DONE
      • skin main plastic DONE
      • skin gable ends and internal dividers DONE
      • build and install doors DONE
      • assemble roll-ups and cranks DONE
      • improved drainage DONE
      • raise floor with soil or other materials Deemed not necessary.
    2. Propagation benches:
      • Cut list for each two-layer bench:
        • top: 108"x42" pre-made panel made of rolled expanded stainless steel and 1.5" lumber.
        • pedestal columns: 2 each 2"x6", 29" long.
        • pedestal bases: 2 each 2"x6", 35.2" long, 45° at ends, alternate.
        • end braces: 4 each 2"x3", 48.8" long, 45° at ends.
          • chop 2"x6" first, then rip to yield two braces
        • centre brace: 2"x3", 64.0" long, 30° & 60° at ends, alternate.
        • centre brace: 2"x3", 62.2" long, 30° & 60° at ends, alternate.
          • Make four braces from a single 2"x6" of at least 135" long:
            1. chop end to 60°
            2. chop alternate 30° at 68.7" on long side
            3. chop final alternate 60° cut at 68.7 on long side
            4. rip both pieces to yield the 62.2" braces, the shorter of the two
            5. chop the longer of the two halves (at 30° or 60° end) at 64.0"
        • bottom tension strut: 102" x 1.5" x 1.5", ripped from 2"x6"
        • long dimension centre mesh support: 4 each ~46.5" 2"x3" Due to irregularities in short dimension supports, each must be measured and cut individually.
        • top supports: 4 each 17.5" 2"x6", ripped in half at 45°, joined to make an "L" shape.
        • 2"x3" lumber is actually 2"x6" lumber ripped in half.
  4. Finishing, wiring, irrigation, heating, etc.
    1. Heat
      1. locate and plumb biodiesel boiler for producing hot water for seedling heat.
      2. obtain PEX and valves so we can have each table on a separate heat zone.
    2. Bring semi-permanent electric power in, at least #10/3
    3. Irrigation
      1. tap into field irrigation system at the NE corner, where we luckily hit a main and thus have it located
      2. plumb 1" mainline along the long dimension

Financial budget

how much money will be needed, possibly high-low bracketed and detailed, or a complete guess (try to indicate how firm a guess it is!)

Cash outlay

$8,200 for the basic greenhouse.
$500 for DC temperature control system
$200 for two deep-cycle batteries
$200 for irrigation components
$900 permits and administration
$10,000 total budget

Class B shares

1,000 shares to Jan Steinman for 4,400 kWh (250,000 BTU) biodiesel-fired heater.
200 shares to Jan Steinman for used 40 watt solar panels
2,100 shares to Jan Steinman for 200 hours of capital labour, including planning, design, construction, and engineering
1,050 shares to others for capital labour construction
4,350 Class B Investment Shares issued

Labor budget

how many people are needed for how long, including specific people or specific skill-sets

  • 20 hours planning
  • 20 hours design
  • 170 hours construction

Cash Outlay

1110023Greenhouse$20,679.362010-12-07 00:00:002013-01-02 00:00:00
6850000Maintenance$32.362011-03-31 00:00:002011-05-10 00:00:00
6820030Taxes, Sales, GST$29.702011-12-01 00:00:002012-07-11 00:00:00
6820030TOTAL:$20,741.422010-12-07 00:00:002013-01-02 00:00:00

Labour, by person

245Azja Jones-Martin8.00.8%
212Ben Corno6.00.6%
4Carol Wagner31.83.1%
309Carrie Chang5.50.5%
298Charles Laferriere158.015.5%
283Covey Steele24.52.4%
218Emmanuel Roy27.02.7%
277Farrah Alladin6.00.6%
291Florian Andert14.51.4%
276Greg Mackinnon14.51.4%
290Holly Sansom2.30.2%
305Jae Huang31.53.1%
337James Donnelly0.50.0%
2Jan Steinman635.862.4%
294John Freebury7.80.8%
249Kaori Sano1.00.1%
289Katrina Ydenberg21.02.1%
308Matthew Walmsley2.00.2%
278Nathan Taylor6.00.6%
271Philippe-Antoine Cormier7.50.7%
282Shirley Pucci7.30.7%

Labour, by activity

5Managing Information0.60.1%

Vehicle Use

"Vehicles" with no odometer, such as tractors or stationary equipment, are in tenths of an hour, rather than kilometres.

1Blue Jetta358 km
5Bubba691 km
7Sarah107 hr/10
8Wood Chipper46 hr/10
8TOTAL:1202 hr/10


Jan SteinmanBubba2012-07-1325 km$10.700EcoRealitySlegg, filteryes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-07-0938 km$16.264EcoRealitySlegg, irrigation partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-06-2725 km$10.700EcoRealitySlegg, irrigation partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-06-2623 km$9.844EcoRealitySlegg, irrigation partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-06-1167 km$28.676EcoRealityirrigation components for greenhouseyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-06-08103 km$44.084EcoRealitystaples for greenhouse, VAyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-06-0414 km$6.160EcoRealitySlegg irrigation partsyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-05-2121 km$9.240EcoRealityMoats glueyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-05-1822 km$9.680EcoRealityLions for greenhouse clockyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-05-0426 km$11.128EcoRealitySlegg, Moats, for glueyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-04-2826 km$11.440EcoRealitySlegg, screwsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-04-2421 km$8.988EcoRealityWindsor for glueyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-04-2121 km$9.240EcoRealitySleggyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-04-1714 km$6.160EcoRealitySlegg glueyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-04-1725 km$11.000EcoRealityWindsor glueyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-04-1318 km$7.704EcoRealitySlegg for greenhouse partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-04-0924 km$10.272EcoRealitySlegg for gh partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-04-03134 km$57.352EcoRealitypick up greenhouse trays from Mary Coll in Sookeyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-04-0213 km$5.564EcoRealitypick up greenhouse door trackyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-03-3014 km$5.992EcoRealitySlegg for door track (not received yet)yes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-03-2914 km$6.160EcoRealitySlegg for greenhouse door partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2012-03-2724 km$10.272EcoRealityget gravel for greenhouse trenchingyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-02-2521 km$9.240EcoRealitySlegg, saw blade for greenhouse tablesyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-02-2315 km$6.600EcoRealitySlegg, partsyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2012-02-2215 km$6.600EcoRealitySlegg, partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2011-11-1526 km$11.128EcoRealitySlegg: greenhouse partsyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-10-2121 km$9.240EcoRealitySlegg, greenhouse partsyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-08-3014 km$6.160EcoRealitySlegg for saw blades for greenhouse shelvingyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-08-3014 km$6.160EcoRealitySlegg for saw blades for greenhouse shelvingyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-08-1928 km$12.320EcoRealitygreenhouse parts (water level)yes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-08-1232 km$14.080EcoRealitySlegg, water level parts for greenhouseyes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-06-2827 km$11.880EcoRealityCRD building inspector appointmentyes
Jan SteinmanSarah2011-04-056.1 hr$14.152EcoRealityMoving soil to the new greenhouse area in prep for erecting frame.yes
Carol WagnerSarah2011-04-054.6 hr$10.672EcoRealityWood chipping for greenhouse and paths.yes
Carol WagnerWood Chipper2011-04-054.6 hr$9.752EcoRealityWood chipping for greenhouse and paths.yes
Jan SteinmanBlue Jetta2011-03-2914 km$6.160EcoRealitySLEG greenhouse partsyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2011-03-2854 km$23.112EcoRealityPick up stainless steel screens for greenhouse shelving from Saanichyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2011-03-1139 km$16.692EcoRealitypick up greenhouse from Steele Greenhouse Supplies on Mayne Islandyes
Jan SteinmanBubba2011-03-0417 km$7.276EcoRealityget cardboard for greenhouse, SSFFyes

Final accounting

Item Budget Actual Over/Under Note
Class B Shares to Jan Steinman 8465.5
Class B Shares to Carol Wagner 492
Total Class B Shares 4350 8957.5 205.9% original budget did not include tables, which was about 80% of Jan’s time
Cash Outlay $10,000.00 $13,855.67 138.6% included cost of materials for tables, excluding Class B Shares issued

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