Sustainable building students raise the roof 0
A crane lifts the roof of the Abbey Gardens store onto the building's frame on June 7. The building is under construction by Fleming College students, who are part of the sustainable building program. JENN WATT/HALIBURTON ECHO/QMI AGENCY
Stakeholders and community members came by Abbey Gardens June 7 to watch as the roof to the organization's new store on Highway 118 was carefully placed upon straw-bale walls.
Fleming College's sustainable building program will be working on the structure all summer, but the roof had a special significance to those involved with the project.
"It's been going fabulously well," said John Patterson, the visionary behind Abbey Gardens and a local philanthropist.
"It's been good working with Fleming."
Students at the college build projects in the community for free, while host organizations pay for materials.
The building will house a store and a commercial kitchen, providing space for local food initiatives in the county. There are also acres of gardens, with more in the works, training sessions and outreach all either ongoing or planned.
Read more about the build in Tuesday's Haliburton Echo.