Eagle Scout builds tool shed at Medway Community Farm
Logan Casasanta, Eagle Scout Candidate from Troop 367, built a tool shed that offers convenience and protection from the elements at the Medway Community Farm.
The Medway Community Farm would like to give a huge thank you to Logan Casasanta for his Eagle Community Service Project. His project involved the design and construction of a tool shed. The shed’s placement as well as the design were of high priority to Logan. The goal of building the shed was not only to provide convenience to the farmer and workers for ease of access to frequently used tools but to offer protection for the tools from the elements to allow for a longer lifespan.
It was determined by all that the shed should be conveniently located in a place at the farm not only for the farmer’s convenience but for the community gardeners, education staff, and volunteers. The perfect place was found to be just to the back of the shed, opening towards the field. This location is ideal as most of the farming is done in the area of Winthrop Street. Formerly, the tools were located closer to the post-harvest area which was a distance from the fields.
Once the location was determined, the next step was to make sure the shed was built on a level surface. In order to accomplish this task, Logan recruited the help of his fellow scouts, family, and friends. His team packed down the gravel and rested the shed on a 6x6 foundation. For ease of access, Logan designed a three-sided shed with a walk-in entrance. The frame is made with all wood studs, and the entire shed is covered in corrugated walls which are non-rusting. In addition, Logan designed an angled roof that allows for water to flow off and the scouts built it under his leadership. The finishing touches included hooks on the inside walls to hang the tools in an orderly fashion.
“His thoughtful design and careful placement of the shed offers all who work/volunteer at the farm a much-added convenience”, says Farmer Todd Sandstrum.
“Having a place to house all of our tools away from the elements in one convenient location is a benefit we never thought the farm would have. We are so fortunate to have the scouts as such great partners,” stated Carol Collord, Medway Community Farm Board President.
Working in conjunction with the Medway Community Farm, Logan sought the help of Mr. Wayne Podzka for the gravel base, and Mr. Doug Wahl for the shed design review during the build. Logan secured funds for the project through generous donations from the community, his family, and friends. His parents also helped him with the shopping and transportation of all the building supplies and tools. Overall, about 141 hours were spent designing, shopping, measuring, cutting, and building by the entire team.
“The community of Medway, my family, and friends were very supportive by providing donations to support me getting my project done. It was a great experience, and I am very thankful to all those who helped in any way.” Logan Casasanta.