Friday, May 15, 2015

Funding a Second Hoop House

Sprouting Hope is building two hoop houses (a low cost style of greenhouse) this year starting with the first build this Saturday! An enormous thanks for a generous donation from United Way of Southwest Virginia and a grant from So Delicious Dairy Free which each cover the cost of the building materials for one hoop house. Grow Appalachia is providing technical support and additional costs including irrigation and fencing. Without the generous support of all three organizations, this expansion would simply not be possible.
We are incredibly blessed to be able to move forward with our season extension plans this year to significantly increase our productivity. The hoop houses will extend our growing season by an additional three months to allow us to grow lettuce and other crops year round. We plan to grow tomatoes in both hoop houses on a three year rotation to benefit from the warmth and protect from disease. Grow Appalachia partner, the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, grew a whopping 1,200 pounds of tomatoes last year in a hoop house with the same design.

Join us this Saturday, May 16th starting at 9am to build our first hoop house with the help of Mark and Holly from Grow Appalachia. Learn about their tried and true hoop house design that is ideal for small farms, homesteads, and large home gardens. Volunteers will be needed throughout the day!

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