Tessmer Farm Hoop House Build

What an amazing weekend of community, hard work, good food, bonfire relaxing, and, by the end of the day Sunday, a nearly complete hoop house.  Want to see how it all comes together??

the site

the site

the bows and jig

the bow parts and jig to put them together

the first bow is set

the first bow is set

bows in place

more bows in place

connecting the bows

connecting the bows

gotta take a moment to admire Amber's hoop build stylin'. gold boots and all.

gotta take a moment to admire Amber's hoop build stylin'. gold boots and all.

digging trenches for the baseboards

digging trenches for the baseboards

installing side pieces

installing side pieces

ready for a lunch break after all the bows are in place

ready for a lunch break after all the bows are in place

the all important break for food.

the all important break for food.

simone planting seedlings for the new hoop

simone planting seedlings for the new hoop

end of the first day build

end of the first day build

relaxing around the fire after dinner

relaxing around the fire after dinner

sunset as the first day of the hoop build comes to a close

sunset as the first day of the hoop build comes to a close

At the end of the first day, the hoop was all ready for the next day end wall construction.  The end walls are made using a sturdy plastic that is a bit fussy to work with. It takes nearly as long to build and install the two end walls as it does to put the bow parts together and install them.

The new hoop lines up just right with the first hoop.  Sweet sunshine!

The new hoop lines up just right with the first hoop. Sweet sunshine Sunday morning!

breakfast, of course

breakfast, of course

end wall layout

end wall layout

cutting the plastic to fit

cutting the plastic to fit

hoop girls camaraderie

hoop girls stick together

ready to raise an end wall

ready to raise an end wall

lift

lift

more lift

more lift

end wall in place.

end wall in place.

ready for the 2nd end wall

ready for the 2nd end wall

and it's up.

and it's up.

just about complete.

just about complete.

at the end of the day, ready to pull plastic over the hoop.

at the end of the day, ready to pull plastic over the hoop.

We had such an amazing crew of volunteers for this build.  Over the course of the weekend, there were nearly 50 people who played a role in getting this lovely hoop standing and ready for it’s plastic cover.

A huge thank you and appreciation to:

Steve, Madeline & Katie Thiry, Anna Weathers, Gary Mazzeo, Kate Long, Nevon Clark, Dan Carrol, Trilby & Tomm Becker, Fox & Sean Adelman, Lisa Voelker, Lindsey Scalera, Michael Rodriguez, Sarah Monje, Terri Wilkerson, Jim Lee, Dan Bair, Carol Bardnenstein, Brendan Sinclair, Amber Webster, Janet Max, Kim Bayer, Evan Dayringer, Anna Weaverdyck, Michelle Fortin, Charles & Simone Racine, Nick Durrie, Sean Kehoe, Rita Conroy, Jennifer Jensen, Rachel Chadderdon, Milagros Paredes, Janet Jin, Dan Vernia, Vic Lacca, Yael Ganet, becky Patrias, Nadim Azzam, Mary Wessel Walker & Jeff Jones.

There is nothing quite like the magic of watching a hoop come to life with the steady enthusiasm and hard work of a community of people invested in creating opportunities to grow good, healthy, fresh food available to everyone.  Please join us for our next builds in May.

~Jeff & Lisa

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