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ATTRA” newsletter (April/May2009) with valuable hoop house articles and additional resources.
ALFA Hoop House
One of the key problems confronting food growers in our rural Northeast Michigan county is the short growing season. Since its inception, ALFA has researched techniques for extending the growing season, with a focus on passive solar hoop houses (also known as “high tunnels”). Under a grant awarded to ALFA by USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (“FMPP”) in September 2009, funding was received for eight passive solar hoop houses for training and assisting Alcona Farmers Market vendors to extend the local growing season by four months or more.
The first hoop house erected under the grant was the Harrisville Community Hoop House at the beautiful Harrisville Township Recreation area (foot of Lake Street in Harrisville). In June 2010 ALFA held a hoop house training build during which market vendors and other community members worked together to erect the community hoop house while gaining a valuable learning experience. The training build was led by Adam Montri of the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm, who has years of hoop house experience. Work groups of men and women, young and old, were formed to complete assigned tasks of driving ground posts, assembling bows, and fastening some of the hundreds of hardware connections. When the work groups came together for final raising of the bows, the scene resembled images of community barn-raising from years gone by. Under Adam’s leadership, the build was completed in a day and a half.
For more information, contact Kim Brittain