We have managed to come through the winter and are still waiting for the snow to recede into the welcoming mud of late March and April. We will soon be building a second hoop house at the Little Earth of United Tribes (LEOUT) Urban Farm and restoring the 2010 hoop house at Little Earth to high functioning. These are our first two projects for the 2011 season.
In this ongoing project, we are currently seeking funds for building a hoop house at a Minneapolis Latino Charter School, to be constructed in April in time for students in South Minneapolis to start their spring garden and summer farming project. Our goal is to raise the next $7000 in our 100 Hoops Campaign for these projects and others that are percolating on the back burner in and around the Twin Cities metro area. People all over this area are excited about growing food -- locally and sustainably!!
Our WEI Hoophouse Building Tech Team is in discussion with various organizations and schools about hoop house building projects for the summer. We have secured some funds for LEOUT youth to apprentice with the Tech Team in the 2011 season. The Tech Team will be offering construction and consulting on basic hoop house design (20x96) or (20x 50) with roll up slides, a new passive solar design for southern exposures, hoophouse thermal storage systems, and hoophouse solar photovoltaic systems. The Tech Team also includes members fluent in Spanish and prepared to help with curriculum development, organic farm planning, managing and marketing, organic biointensive growing techniques, vermiculture and composting, and greenhouse management systems. We can do all of this but need funding for the labor and materials so that our work with your help will make the difference.
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