Military Academy Applications
US Senator Tom Udall's office is accepting applications for nominations to US military service academies. These academies provide an excellent education and opportunities for leadership in military and civilian life. If accepted, applicants would begin attending in the summer of 2014.
To apply to the Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy, candidates must complete an application on Udall’s website, as well as all academy application requirements.
Applicants must be at least 17, but no older than 23 on July 1, 2014, must be US citizens, and reside within the legal boundaries of New Mexico. The deadline for a nomination from Udall is October 11, 2013. Submit applications at: Tomudall.senate.gov/ academy. For questions, call 505-346-6791. enter the greenhouse proper through a second door from the 4X6 entry area.
The glazing is a product called Solexx which looks like tiny pillow tubes stuck together. It is rated to insulate far better than glass. It has an additional quality that diffuses the sunlight to eliminate shadows. This is a very strange effect but the plants get more light over all and do not burn. It is set on a 45 degree angle and aimed as close as possible to get the most of the winter sun. This was done without cutting down any trees!
The greenhouse has an exhaust fan system which is thermostatically controlled. When the fan comes on a tiny motor opens the louvered vent in the opposite wall. This keeps the place from becoming an oven in summer.
The main temperature moderating system is geothermal. There is 300 feet of corrugated pierced—with slits four times each inch—black poly drainage tubing is buried under the floor of the greenhouse. One end of each pipe goes into a plastic 55 gallon barrel. This barrel has a duct fan attached to the top with a large PVC pipe connected to it. The PVC pipe continues to near the highest point of the growing area. The other ends of the tubes come up to vent back into the greenhouse close to the floor. The tube has a knit sock on it to keep dirt from clogging the pierced slits. It had a similar look to the monster in Tremors all before it was cut up.
It was buried with small gravel all around. The idea is to pull the very hot air from the ceiling, run in through the 300 feet of tubing, pushing the hot air out through the slits in the tubing as it goes, returning cooler air to the growing area during the day. The fan has a thermostat and 2 speed settings. When the temperature drops, the second thermostat turns the fan on at a slower speed to push through the heated gravel and warms the greenhouse.
Well, it works! Our snow peas were grown outside last summer, moved into the greenhouse and continued to produce through February. Now we are eating lettuce and spinach started in winter and producing bountifully.
This is an encouragement to fresh food loving county dwellers. It may be too elaborate for some, but any part of it can extend your growing time here, give you a bigger crop, more natural vitamins and hopefully continue your good health!