DOME RAISING PROJECT
The Dome Raising Project’s working collaboratively with schools and hospitals to raise Growing Domes for educational and food procurement purposes for their respective institutions.
A Growing Dome is a geodesic greenhouse which is designed for 4-season growing especially suited for winter climates. A Growing Dome enables places like the Sierra to harness the same daylight that grows food in the Central Valley of California. By demonstrating the ability to grow food year-round in a mountain climate, Tahoe can directly impact its food security.
The Growing Dome is a kit manufactured in Pagosa Springs, CO by Growing Spaces. The dome’s unique geodesic shape allows for even sun exposure and polycarbonate, 16ml panels diffuse the light for an optimum, growing environment. A combination of features naturally heat and cool the dome including a water tank that acts as a thermal battery, under-soil heating pipes to keep the soil warm, solar activated vents to keep it cool and insulated walls and foundation. The dome accommodates several raised beds for growing vegetables and the water tank doubles as an aquaponics system whereby fish provide nutrients to the water and the water is then used to grow soil-less plants on a trellis above the tank.
SIERRA HOUSE – South Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Our partners at Sierra House Elementary in South Lake Tahoe, CA built the two first educational Growing Domes in the Lake Tahoe area. They built two 15ft domes and were completed in November 2014. The domes are being integrated into school curriculum and students are learning through growing. Tahoe Food Hub is working with other area school districts to evaluate Growing Domes as possible garden classrooms for their students as well. If you are interested in learning more or helping to bring Growing Domes to your Tahoe school, please reach us at our contact page.