A ribbon cutting will be followed by mini-tours of the facility. Tasty salad mixes made with Hoop House greens will also be available.
The three-season polycarbonate house mimics a greenhouse. Grown inside it have been plants such as bok choy, tomatoes and eggplant, which have been sold by subscription in keeping with community-supported agriculture. Non-subscribers have also been buying items on distribution days.
The edible and educational project received start up funding from the Dr. Vernon E. Garner Endowed Fund for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Undergraduate and graduate students, with oversight from the campus initiative and Oiler Enterprises, operate the business. Faculty members Michael Reed, Ph.D., and Paula Wolper are the program’s primary organizers.
It is hoped that up to 20 students will annually work paid Hoop House jobs to financially assist with their school and to gain experience growing natural farm products.