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WyoTech Students Help Build Loop Houses to Extend Growing Season

Students attend WyoTech’s Laramie campus to get hands-on training in automotive technology, diesel technology and collision/refinishing technology. However, when an opportunity to help a worthy cause presents itself, WyoTech students don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand in the community.

Jeff Edwards, a Wyoming University Extension educator, obtained financial help from the Wyoming Department of Education to construct five different loop houses. The loop houses are also known as passive greenhouses or high tunnels. With help from WyoTech students and other volunteers, Edwards plans to construct and place tunnels that may help people prolong their growing season.

One tunnel offers a standard design; another has features capable of capturing radiant heat; another tunnel operates through ground insulation centered at the base of the high tunnel; and a remaining tunnel features double-skin covering to fight cold weather conditions.

The experiment hopes to show Wyoming residents that, despite extreme cold weather conditions, it’s still possible for people to connect with nature through agriculture. And the volunteer efforts are a learning experience for students and volunteers.

You can read more about Edwards’ experiment in the Laramie Boomerang.

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