04 April 2010

We Built A Hoop House In Baltimore!


Brother John Muhammad of Baltimore and I have been going up to Growing Power in Milwaukee for the past 3 months to learn Commercial Urban Agriculture from Will Allen and his staff. We have been excited about the possibilities that urban gardening offers to people all over the country - in fact all over the world. Will Allen's concept of urban farming begins and ends with the soil, but the growing of plants year round is made possible by 'hoop houses'. A hoop house is a low cost greenhouse, that self-heats in the winter time allowing plants to grow safely inside no matter how cold it is outside. Properly managed hoop houses can supply unlimited amounts of food for urban families and communities that are often the worst fed segment of society. Urban hoop houses can fill the nutrition gap and offer a commercially viable business opportunity to many who right now are unemployed or under-employed in dead end jobs. In one sense, a hoop house is a survival kit that never ends. Every family, every neighborhood, every mosque, every church, every school should have a hoop house to grow their own food 12 months a year! This is the ultimate in the 'eat local' movement. It can make lots of money too.

So here's the big news -
ON APRIL 3, 2010 WE BUILT A HOOP HOUSE
WITH THE HELP OF 15 OR 20 INDIVIDUALS IN BALTIMORE!
We are on our way. We have left the theoretical and are taking care of practical real world business -moving toward food production and self-sufficiency.
Here are some photos of the day. Video footage will soon be available too.

My personal goal? 100 hoop houses constructed in the next year to 2 years.
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3 comments:

Cameron said...

Greetings and Reverences!

We are giving thanks for the manifestations of sustainablity that your project is co-creating! The awakening to responciblity for living in the earth surely guides us to the reaping of abundance! May this project reach far and wide and may we continue as a whole to cultivate healthy human ecosystems where our children and elders may again know the song of the earth!

peace and blessings from Earthsong Cameron

Natural Capital said...

Good job!

H.A. Jabar said...

ASA

Wonderfully Exciting!

Bro.Quinn