So, we seem to always be building or rebuilding a new hoophouse around here. And with each one, we pin our new hopes for an amazing farm year. I remember talking to one of the Mennonite farmers we work with one winter day when he was finishing a new hoophouse. He said, “I had a dream that the house was filled with cucumbers strung all the way up to the roof, and I just walked through with the children picking and eating them.” Sweet dream.
One of our other houses has the plastic removed because it is time to replace it. A neighbor came by this week to ask if we were planning to use it, he was hoping to buy it and move it to his new garden around the corner. But we still have plans for that hoophouse too (it is where we start seedlings). I told him how to build a smaller, affordable garden version and he left with some hoop dreams of his own. He talked about all the plants his wife would raise this summer.
On the last of the freezing cold days, it is nice to imagine our filling hoophouses and garden beds. This year, I am hoping to make a dedicated children’s garden, finally get around to naming our hoophouses with whimsical signs, and growing lots of great food. I am also dreaming up some classroom space in our newest hoophouse so we can offer some garden workshops this year.
I will add some photos of our newest house under construction, but in the meantime here is one of our older houses covered in snow.