Tyler takes a moment of rest to pose in the new propagation house – work in progress.

A farmer’s work is never done, and sometimes involves more than getting one’s hands in the dirt. Tyler and Jenna Rich, owners of Partners’ Gardens, have been busy constructing a propagation house that will allow them to get an early start on the wide variety of crops they will plant in the spring. Getting the plants started inside gives them a significant advantage, as they can put out healthy, established seedlings.

Made possible by a grant from the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund (a collaboration between the Cheshire County Conservation District and the Monadnock Food Co-op), the propagation house is substantially more sophisticated than a typical greenhouse. Upon completion it will involve two heat sinks (55-gallon drums of water, in addition to a concrete floor), and insulation to hold in that heat. The translucent panels (twin-wall polycarbonate) are south facing, but at a steep (about 51°) angle designed to maximize exposure to the late winter sun when it is low in the sky.

As you can see here, there is still plenty of work to do, but with persistence (and help from friends and family), Tyler and Jenna will be sowing seeds before they know it!


By |2022-01-04T17:51:21-05:00December 11, 2021|Nelson in Common|4 Comments


  1. Val Van Meier December 15, 2021 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Beautiful structure! Congratulations Tyler & Jenna! Looking forward to your seedlings for sale.

  2. Brenna Kucinski December 15, 2021 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Quite the endeavor! Best of luck to the two of you!! Farming is a very difficult task but the rewards can be immense.

  3. Judi Lang December 15, 2021 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I am so happy for you!

  4. Jenna Rich December 16, 2021 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks everyone! We’re excited to get this baby in use this coming season!

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