Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Volunteer Needed! HOOP HOUSE BUILD!

The High School for Public Service Youth Farm is excited to announce we will be constructing a hoophouse on-site October 20th-25th. We are thrilled to finally be setting up a larger-scale season extender which we will use to propagate our crops as well as veggie starts for sale at our farmers market, in collaboration with SNAP Gardens

Volunteer request, tool request, and public workshop info follow:

Volunteers Needed!
The greenhouse build will be a hands-on project and an excellent learning opportunity for urban growers and members of the public to practice the ins and outs of building a hoophouse from the ground up. The hoophouse will be 20 feet wide by 50 feet long, and 12 feet tall, with plastic covering.

Experienced greenhouse builder Vinnie Bevivino of Seed and Cycle will lead us through all aspects of this project, from materials check list, to construction to next steps.

We are looking for 5 committed volunteers to help us each day of construction, from 10am-4pm each day, rain or shine:

  • Thursday, Oct. 20
  • Friday, Oct. 21
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 (10am-3pm)
  • Monday, Oct. 24th*
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25th*

*we will only build on these days if project is not completed

We will take a one hour break for lunch (please bring a healthy lunch with you!)

This volunteer opportunity is LIMITED.

Priority will be given to those who can commit to 2 days or more.

Please sign up by emailing molly@bkfarmyards.com -- first come, first serve.

We are also hoping to have the build documented by photographers and videographers. If you know anyone who might want to volunteer in that capacity, please email daniel@SNAPgardens.org

Tools Needed:

2 Sledge Hammers, 300ft Measuring Tape, 2 Saw Horses, 4 Extension Cords - 100' long, 8ft Step Ladders, Reciprocating Saw. If you have any of these materials to lend during construction, please email molly@bkfarmyards.com.

Vinnie will also give two free public workshops on urban greenhouse construction:
Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 1-3pm
Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 9:30-10:30am (workshop cancelled Tues. if raining)

Again, space is limited. Please RSVP to molly@bkfarmyards.com

The High School for Public Service Youth Farm is located at 600 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, between Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd. Take the #3 train to Kingston or the #2/5 trains to Winthrop. The #5 does not run on Saturdays! Please check MTA Service Advisories for further subway changes.