The collapsed poly greenhouse on Kemptville Campus. Photo by Ashley Sloan

Last week’s snowstorm on January 26 took a local building as its causality. The poly greenhouse next to the AJ Logsdail Greenhouses on Kemptville Campus collapsed under the weight of the heavy snow accumulation on its roof. No one was inside the structure at the time, so thankfully no one was hurt during the incident. 

The utilities to the structure were disconnected, and Campus staff blocked off the area with barricades and caution tape. 

“It was a fairly old structure that had been used for growing plants, then used for landscape construction when we had the Horticulture program running,” said Claude Smith. “We were doing repairs and had bought a new furnace (which hadn’t been installed yet) with the goal of using it for space rental this spring to anyone wishing to start their seeds early.”

The Campus is currently in the process of determining whether it will be possible to salvage the structure for future agri-food programming. The public is being asked to respect the barricades and avoid the collapsed structure. 


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