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GreenStone Takes Part in Hoop House Build
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The hoop house, donated by GreenStone, was dismantled and moved from its original site in Carleton, Michigan in August 2011. Over a period of two weekends during September and October, volunteers rebuilt the refurbished structure at Summer Place Townhomes for the residents to enjoy the benefits of being able to grow produce year round.



GreenStone Takes Part in Community Hoop House Build


Over 10,000 refuges in Lansing, Michigan are trying to adjust to American culture, food, schools, economic systems, and way of life. GreenStone Farm Credit Services was among the several local organizations that came together to construct a hoop house at Summer Place Townhomes in Lansing, Michigan. International residents have rigorously attempted to farm an outdoor garden area, however the Michigan climate is too cold for a large portion of the ethnic foods from their native origin. The hoop house provides an outdoor food habitat that will help these residents sustain their garden and thrive nutritiously.

The hoop house, donated by GreenStone, was dismantled and moved from its original site in Carleton, Michigan in August 2011. Over a period of two weekends during September and October, volunteers rebuilt the refurbished structure at Summer Place Townhomes for the residents to enjoy the benefits of being able to grow produce year round. The community plans to build planting tables and bring in dirt yet this fall. In the spring, they will section off areas in the hoop house and surrounding grounds to be gardened by individual resident families.

The success of the hoop house build relied on volunteers from GreenStone, the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, including the Department of Horticulture, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Saint Vincent Catholic Charities, and many other individuals. Several international residents of the community were also on site to assist with the project, interact with the crew and even provide homemade cooking!

GreenStone extends gratitude to all of the volunteers and supporters of this project. “Providing refugees with a means to grow ethnic food in a safe environment allows them to retain a part of their heritage and eases the transition into American culture. This hoop house will provide these residents with a productive activity within their community where they can network with others in their same life state,” said Teresa Vicary, GreenStone’s Hoop House Project Coordinator. By connecting the community residents to agriculture through a more sustainable approach, this project further exemplifies the importance of Michigan’s agricultural industry.

Hoop House at Summer Place Townhomes