After a few years of research, training (including Growing Power- Milwaukee, WI and Laughing Dog Farms- Gill, MA), and staff learning, GTC- through a Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR) grant- have been able to purchase our first Hoop House!
Although this is not a new technology (some folks refer to it as a "hot house" or "cold frame"), for GTC it is a big step in our continued development toward producing healthy organic local food year round.
Our goal is to have at least one or two more on our future site at 200/206 Walnut Street, which would allow us to truly develop our ability to extend well into early winter, and start growing a lot early in the spring.
What's been especially helpful is that one of our Board members- local Architect Steve Joblanski- has been crucial in seeing the continued construction of the Hoop House. The goal is to begin to make use of the structure this fall growing salad greens and spinach! The photos displayed are some of the initial phases of construction.
NEXT MARKET DATE: SATURDAY JAN. 13
GTC is participating in the NEW City Soul Winter Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month December - March, from 10 - 2 at the Mason Square Library in Springfield (765 State St. - plenty of parking in back!)
January 13, February 10, March 10
PAY WITH SNAP AND DOUBLE YOUR SNAP DOLLARS THROUGH YOUR HIP BENEFIT!!!!
Earn from $40 - $80/month MORE depending on YOUR family size when you shop from a local farm......
GTC EATS! Winter Farm Shares still available! Get a monthly order of locally grown, organic vegetables for just $50/month or $200 for the season! Available Dec. - March. Click here to learn more and sign up for a share, or contact Market Manager Talib Toussaint at Toussaint@gardeningthecommunity.org
GTC is Hiring!!
Join our team - apply to be our new Development and Communications Manager! We are looking for someone who is passionate about GTC's work and mission as well as expanding community support and funding for GTC throughout Springfield and the region.
To apply and learn more click HERE. Applications accepted on a rolling basis through January 15.