Did you know we have a mobile site?

Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content
My Access Login
Advanced Search
Media Advisory - Community Hoop House Build
Bookmark and Share

Volunteers from partnering orgainzations will come together this weekend to construct a hoop house to help international residents benefit from being able to grow produce year round. Attached, please find the media advisory for more information. Please contact us with any further questions.



Media Advisory: Community Hoop House Build for Lansing International Residents


WHAT:
Over 10,000 refuges in Lansing, Michigan are trying to adjust to the American culture, food, schools, economic systems, and way of life. A consortium of organizations have come together to construct a hoop house at Summer Place Townhomes in Lansing, Michigan to help some of these international residents adjust and thrive nutritiously. These 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. Likewise, Michigan winters put a halt on outdoor food habitats.

Volunteers from partnering organizations will come together this weekend to construct the hoop house. The hoop house, donated by GreenStone Farm Credit Services, was dismantled and moved from its original site in Carleton, Michigan in August 2011. The refurbished structure will now be rebuilt in a community fashion at Summer Place Townhomes for the residents to enjoy the benefits of being able to grow produce year round.

WHERE:
Summer Place Townhomes; 4915 S. Waverly Road, Lansing, Michigan

WHEN:
Saturday, September 10, 2011 (Weather Permitting)

  • Work will commence at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day until noted project tasks are completed
  • Volunteers from partnering organizations will work with international community residents to begin the hoop house construction
  • Project construction tasks include installing bows, trusses, ridge cap, hip boards, and end walls
  • Volunteers will also be serving as on-site coordinators, delivering supplies and networking with the refugee and community residents

Sunday, September 11, 2011 (Weather Permitting)

  • Work will commence at 8 a.m. and will continue throughout the day until the project is completed
  • Volunteers from partnering organizations will work with international community residents to complete the hoop house construction
  • Volunteers will also be serving as on-site coordinators, delivering supplies and networking with the refugee and community residents
  • Project construction tasks include installing the plastic skin, wiggle wire, and install ventilation system

WHO:
GreenStone Farm Credit Services donated the hoop house and supplies to Summer Place Townhomes and counseled with experts from the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture, the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Saint Vincent Catholic Charities. Volunteers from all organizations, including international residents of the community, will be on site during the build both providing labor and expertise for the project.

CONTACT:
Teresa Vicary, Hoop House Project Coordinator and Payroll and Benefits Specialist
GreenStone Farm Credit Services
517-930-3433 (on site cell phone)
517-324-0238 (off site office phone)

SUPPORTING INFORMATION:

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees define a refugee as someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”
  • A refugee comes to America with little or no resources and must adjust to American systems and culture. Providing them 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. By connecting the community residents to agriculture through a more sustainable approach, this project further exemplifies the importance of Michigan’s agricultural industry.
  • A hoop house is a structure similar to a greenhouse that will modify the growing climate, allowing for tender, sensitive, and specialty crops to grow where they otherwise may not. It will be constructed of metal bow frames and covered with a single layer of polyethylene.