How we came to be "Greenhorn Acres"
We wanted a farm name that told a story and after a few years we got a story! In the spring of 2005 we started rebuilding our greenhouse from an abandoned frame. It was a long process and we had a lot of help from friends and neighbors over more than a month as we were anxious to get it up and growing. Finally we were ready to pull the plastic and one of our friends suggested an early morning start because that was always when they practiced as paratroopers because there's usually the least amount of wind. Just a little breeze hitting 4,400 square feet makes a big difference! So at O-dark-thirty we watched headlights coming down the road to help with this final step. We had breakfast fixed for everyone to eat, but that didn't happen until 11 that morning when everything was done and secure. That's when he said "Not bad for a bunch of greenhorns - it's the Greenhorn Greenhouse." We happen to have a great view of the Greenhorn Peak through the west end of the greenhouse, so we decided Greenhorn Acres was a fitting name.
That's how we got our name. But the rest of the story is that within two weeks we woke up one morning to see and hear the plastic torn, blowing loose in the wind and bent hoops thrashing around dangerously. Several problems contributed to the situation. We headed outside and tried our best to hold it together but we were literally powerless to do anything. Not to be discouraged or let us be discouraged, our pastor quoted Hebrews 12:26 and told me that we just have to fix the greenhouse so it cannot be shaken! So it came to be that on Sunday, April 17, 2005, in the middle of the church service, the congregation loaded into vehicles and drove out to our farm for an old-fashioned barn (or greenhouse) raising! We had over 100 friends, family and neighbors here that redesigned/rebuilt the frame, brought equipment of all sorts and put back together our Greenhorn Greenhouse! We are truly blessed and thankful to have such friends.
By the way, I think the quickest way to more stress in weather of any kind is to build a greenhouse!