Old Garden Tool Shed Demolition complete as we make way for Maintenance Garage

Old Garden Tool Shed Demolition/Salvage:
Demo completed as we prepare site for Maintenance Garage

by Eric Fitts, Director

Solak Builders took over where our Farm crews left off, as they demolished the remainder of the old garden tool shed. All of the locust posts were salvaged, which will be useful around the farm, and all metal was sent to the scrap yard for recycling. Topsoil begins to be removed from the site as it is prepared for the maintenance garage.

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Old Garden Tool Shed Demolition/Salvage Progresses as we make way for Maintenance Garage

Old Garden Tool Shed Demolition/Salvage:
Progress made as we prepare site for Maintenance Garage

by Eric Fitts, Director

I worked with morning chore groups and three Farm Crew days over Holy Week and Easter Week to salvage as much material as possible from the Old Garden Tool Shed as we demolish it to prepare the site for the future maintenance garage. The crews from St. Martin de Porres HS (Cleveland), Xaverian Brothers HS ((MA), St. John’s HS (Shrewsbury, MA), Xavier College Prep (Palm Desert, CA), St. Joe’s Collegiate Institute (Buffalo), and Cristo Rey Brooklyn were pretty stoked to be able to take a sledge hammer to a wall or salvage roof metal for recycling, while also being careful to salvage old roughcut boards with finesse. We loaded an entire bay of the supply shed with beautiful old lumber that we’ll use for some finishing touches on the new buildings (as a memorial of sorts) and for other projects around the Farm.

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Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

Old Garden Tool Shed Before Demolition and Construction of Maintenance Garage

This old “house” is on its way down–first, via gravity; soon, via crowbar; finally, via dozer. Making way for something a bit more useful…

This is a 1970s home built by the Whitfords, since the old farm house on the property burned down before it changed hands perhaps in the early 70s or before. The shed roof on the right side (as viewed from the gravel lot) may even have been a chicken coop prior to the old farm house being burned down. We plan to take it down “gently” to salvage rafters, which are rough cut, perhaps salvage some 1x paneling from the walls, but the floor system and joists are not far off the ground and are already rotting and giving way in places, so we may demolish and burn once we get down the the floor system. We also plan on sending the metal to the scrap yard for re-use.

The maintenance garage/tool barn/wood shop/picnic shelter will support the service with the local community aspect of our mission. Construction is planned for 2020 on the site of the old garden tool shed.