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Free Hoop House Workshop scheduled for community members

3/27/2018

WILBURTON, OK (March 27, 2018) – Start garden crops earlier in the spring, keep them going later in the fall, and grow cool-season crops all through the winter.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Eastern Oklahoma State College is sponsoring a free hoop house workshop, Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wilburton. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by April 5 due to limited space.

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which has run this popular workshop for years, will teach the event.

Hoop houses are greenhouses that use the sun for heating. They can postpone fall frosts to keep harvests going later in the season and can warm the soil early to get a head start in the spring. In warmer weather, hoop houses can even be covered with shade cloth instead of clear plastic, to cushion crops against the hottest temperatures of the season.

The hoop house design demonstrated in this workshop is a lower cost version, with a total materials cost of around $1,500.

Workshop participants will go step by step through the hands-on process of building a hoop house – from bending the hoops, to attaching the plastic. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact the Kerr Center at 918-647-9123 or mailbox@kerrcenter.com.

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