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Media Invited to Frostburg Grows Progress Update and Tour Saturday, Oct. 5
10/03/2013

FROSTBURG, Md. – Members of the media are welcome to attend to an invitation-only tour of the Frostburg Grows site and update of its progress on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m., presented by Frostburg State University and the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRC&D), which are partners in the project.

The site can be accessed from Md. 36 (New George’s Creek Road) just south of the I-68 Park and Ride. Signs will direct you.

 Following remarks from FSU Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Joseph Hoffman, FSU President Jonathan C. Gibralter and Craig Hartsock, WMRC&D council president, guests will have the opportunity to tour several key parts of the site and see demonstrations of the projects that are ongoing there. Tours are expected to end at about 11 a.m.

Frostburg Grows is a project of the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council, which received an initial development grant of $300,000 from American Rivers and the Environmental Protection Agency. WMRC&D contracted with Frostburg State University through a sub-award for operational support and expertise in developing the unique project, with WMRC&D holding the lease on the property.

The project is converting five acres of land on a former strip mine, which formerly held parked FEMA trailers, into a five-acre greenhouse and shade house complex. Seedlings of native trees – grown from seeds collected from local forests – are being grown in the shade house for use in a variety of restoration and reforestation projects throughout the state, such as for stream buffers or mine reclamations. The project is also being used to identify ways to grow local fruits and vegetables in a greenhouse environment, which will allow area growers to extend their growing season and make more use of their land. Workshops will be offered in the future so the community can learn how to build and operate tree nurseries and high tunnel greenhouses.

Construction on the project is about halfway complete, with two of six high-tunnel greenhouses and one of two shade houses complete, with others at varying stages. The project is powered entirely by renewable resources and the plants are watered largely by collected rainwater.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visitwww.frostburg.edu

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu