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2 Day Hoop House Workshop with Will Allen

We’re going to try to get a few people from our neighborhood to this workshop. It is going to be a good one! Please spread the word. ~Gregg

On Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2010, Will Allen, a McArthur Fellow and founder of Growing Power, Inc of Milwaukee, will return to Detroit to share his knowledge and expertise on hoop house technology.

A two-day workshop experience, this hands-on event will include construction of a 30′ x 96′ hoop house at D-Town Farm and a lecture by Mr. Allen on hoop house technology.  Participants will be able to learn alongside Will Allen, a noted teacher and trainer in urban agricultural methods, and walk away prepared to build their own hoop house for year-round food production.  D-Town Farm is one of Growing Power’s eight Regional Outreach Training Centers in the U.S., and provides periodic lectures, workshops and hands-on training experiences in urban agriculture and food security.

Activities on Saturday, October 30 will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 6:00pm, with a lecture and PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Allen at 12:00pm. Activities on Sunday, October 31 will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 2:00pm. Lunch on both days is included with the cost of registration.

Participants are encouraged to wear work clothes (and bring a battery operated drill if they have one).  The 30′ x 96′ hoop house that will be constructed as part of this workshop will be built from a hoop house kit, which will simplify the construction process for do-it-yourself’ers who plan to use what they learn during the workshop to build their own hoop house.

Registration is now OPEN! The deadline for advanced registration is Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Advance registration is only $60.00 per person for this two-day workshop and learning experience and includes lunch for both days.  Registrations received after October 27 are $75.00 per person. Payments can be made in person or by mail at 3800 Puritan, Detroit, MI 48238.  Online registration is also available at www.detroitblackfoodsecurity.org (click on “Will Allen Visit”).

All activities will take place at D-Town Farm, a two-acre organic farm operated by the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and located at Rouge Park on W. Outer Drive between Plymouth and W. Chicago in Detroit. Call Ebony Roberts at (313) 345-FOOD (3663) for more information.

GROWING POWER is a national non-profit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.  Will Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power and the son of a sharecropper who has become recognized as perhaps the preeminent voice and practitioner for urban agriculture in America and throughout the world.

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), a non-profit, grassroots, community organization aims to change our thinking about food, where it comes from, and who controls it.

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