The trucker arrived at 10:30 am - delayed at the border (our container arrived in Quebec) - he was masterful at tight turns and backing up, and was able to pull into our unloading place just fine.
Great place to unload a container!
So, we backed up the first hayrick, undid a bundle of pipes, and started loading!
This actually worked really well, and in no time, we had unloaded all the pipes!
This is one heavy hayrick!
The next batch of pipes and fittings is revealed, and loaded onto the other hayrick.
Then, the most unwieldy piece of the hoophouse is revealed - the 2500# roll of poly plastic that will make the house a house. The adept guys at Intervale Compost gracefully came over with their Bobcat and moved it with relative ease!
This was perhaps the most stress-inducing part of the project to think about beforehand. We honestly couldn't really picture how this roll of plastic was going to come out of the container, but all it takes is having the proper tool to do the job! Now, we'll have to get him to take it all the way down to the field!We swept out the container, posed for the camera, and helped our trucker maneuver his way out. We did this part in record time! This part of the process just took us 1 hour and 30 minutes! We took a break for a few minutes to have some coffee and donuts, and then we were approached by a local guy that had gotten his truck stuck in a farm field while "muddin" aka 4-wheelin', and could we please help to tow him out? While this guy shouldn't have been back in farm fields in his truck anyway, Spencer's good nature got the better of him, and we went and pulled his truck out of a cover-cropped field belonging to Intervale Community Farm.
I can't believe we helped this guy!
We hauled him out of the mud, and in the process got quite dirty.
Kevin points out the appropriate bumper sticker that reads, "There's no such thing as too much ammo." Our sentiments exactly!
We decide to see if we can get down to our field since the snow is gone, and it doesn't seem too soggy on the roads.
Once down there, we decide to save unloading time, and pull the pipes off halfway, then Spencer drove forward and all the pipes came tumbling out! A great plan!
All the pipes waiting for bending in a neat-ish pile.
Our friend Kevin sticks with us until we're completely unloaded.
Spencer is happy and ready to be done for this phase of the project!
Our field on Thursday, January 10th, 2008. How can there be no snow? It was around 40 degrees with the sun shining all day! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect weather day, for a project like this. Now, if only we get similarly nice days for the hoopbending, house erecting and plastic stretching days!
Here's a photo from another farm that purchased the same Haygrove hightunnel that we did. This is to give you a sense of how huge this thing is going to be. Ours is 3 bays (not 6 like in this photo), also 300' long. Each bay is 24'. This will cover a little over a half acre of our farm, and we expect it to revolutionize the way we do many things, not to mention getting a jump on the early season!
The unloading of the shipping container took us 4 hours total. We are now awaiting final approval from all sorts of powers that be to allow us to actually erect the structure. We are anticipating getting it up in late February or early March (depending on thaw), and skinning it with the plastic before April. Now, because of the great help we had from all our friends, we have successfully gotten over the first hurdle of this major project at Half Pint Farm! Many thanks to Kevin, Josh, Eric, Becky and Dave. We really appreciate your help!