We completed construction of the hoop house in early April. It was used by the youths in detention to grow and harden off about 1000 vegetable and herb transplants. Most of these were donated to people in need throughout the communities in Benton and Franklin Counties to plant in their food gardens. About 200 were sold to generate revenue to sustain garden operations. Now, heat-loving vegetable plants are growing inside for produce that will be consumed by the youths and donated to local food banks.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Our biggest challenge was providing electricity to the hoop house.
How are you working to overcome them?
The youths dug a long trench through rocky soil underlaid by solid rock. They were determined to overcome this challenge by hard, physical work over two days!
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
Remember to consider the utilities needed for a hoop house (water, electricity, ventilation and lighting) when planning your project. They add significant costs and efforts.