Tod Hanley, who designed the Low-Cost Hoop House

There are so many deeply powerful
reasons to grow some of our own food,
organically.
Getting back in touch with Earth’s processes.
Cutting down on the use of fossil fuel.
Cutting down on CO2 in the atmosphere.
Cutting down on putting chemicals
in the water, soil, air and our bodies.
Delicious, nutritious food.
Teaching children
where their food comes from
and how to grow it.
Joy, growing and eating
the food we grow.
Yesterday,
we attended a Gardening and Hoop House Construction
workshop at OSU-OKC.
It was sponsored by Oklahoma City’s Department of Sustainability
and funded in part by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant
and the Extended Season Leafy Greens for Health and Wealth Grant
from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
I think there were about 75 people there,
some of whom have hoop houses and gardens
and are already producing for markets.
But what we learned in this workshop
could work for everyone.
We built a large hoop house
in about four hours.
It’s a simple design
and simple to do.
The plans for the”Low Cost Hoop House”
we built yesterday are here.
And there’s lots of related information
on The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture website,
as well as a whole line-up of gardening classes at OSU-OKC.

Oklahomans are learning
that, with climate change
and our hot and dry summers,
the best time to garden may be
spring, fall and winter.
With a hoop house,
that’s possible.
We hope to build one using this plan
and perhaps a second using another plan,
to see which works best
and so that people can learn how to build their own.
Watch this space
for our hoop house construction workshops
in 2012.
It was a thrill to see how easily
it is to build a low-cost hoop house
and we look forward
to seeing them pop up
all over Oklahoma.