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Our project is to construct twelve large hoop houses using a very efficient design in order to grow organic produce year round.
46 backers pledged $5,014 to help bring this project to life.

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We have found a way to build hoop houses at a much lower cost than those that are factory made.  Once the project is completed we will have ten large hoop houses and three small hoop houses which will give us about a half acre upon which we can grow produce throughout the year.

By building these hoop houses we can demonstrate to the local public and farming communities (which would include other local CSA's) that growing produce year round is a realistic and viable enterprise that communities should consider.  Organically grown produce that is available on a year round basis will extend the farmer's market season and provide a stronger financial basis for all market farmers.  

The hoop  houses are built using young saplings which have been thinned from our forest for posts and standard pine (from renewable tree farm stands) 2 x 4's to build the frame and trusses.  UV treated electrical conduit is used to create the form upon which the greenhouse fabric is laid.  Eventually, we may use bamboo which we will grow to replace the electrical conduit.  The large 28 x 100 hoop houses cost $950 (the cheapest commercial kit runs about $3000 in comparison), the 28 x 50 are $450 and the three mini hoops (15 x 100) are $250.  Total materials project cost is $6,700.  Labor is not factored in since we provide that.  Upon completion these hoop houses will enable us to plant and maintain a full half acre of produce through the cold months.  Central Pennsylvania where we are located is one of the "bead baskets" of the nation so this project will demonstrate that a "Buy Fresh, By Local" campaign need not be a seasonal one but can in fact be carried through the entire year. 

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    A big note of thanks on one of our Howard's End wood-cut note cards!

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    A note of thanks, and a selection of three heirloom seed packs.

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    A note of thanks and a Howard's End T-shirt with the twisted carrots on the front and dancing vegetables on the back.

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    With this pledge, $30 worth of produce will be donated to a local food bank in the name of the pledger.

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    A note of thanks, an herb garden window kit and a cedar window box to put it all in.

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    With this pledge, $60 worth of produce will be donaed to a local food bank in the name of the pledger.

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    A note of thanks, a T-shirt, and a selection of ten seedlings to plant in your garden. Local delivery only. See website for further details. Seedlings will be available in the spring.

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    You've joined the "Jam a Month" club! You will receive one 8 oz jar of a gourmet jam each month. Local delivery only unless you don't mind paying for shipping. For example, the August Jam was Elderberry/Ginger and the September Jam is Plum/Tarragon. You will receive a Thank You note as well.

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    A note of thanks, and your choice of two of our artisanal tiles, images of which you can find on our website.

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    With this reward, $150 worth of produce will be donated to a local food bank in the name of the pledger.

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    Membership in Howard's End CSA for the 2012 season beginning on May 1, 2012. This is an "a la carte" account. See website for details.

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    A note of thanks, a T-shirt and a hand made original edition set of 6 12 inch Majolica plates with vegetable designs or your own submitted design, signed by Addison. See website for images. Shipping included to the continental U.S. only

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    A note of thanks, A T-shirt and a hand crafted Rosa Bianca Eggplant soup bowl with plate, ladle,lid and 6 bowls inspired by our favorite variety of eggplant and signed by Addison. See website for images.

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    A note of thanks, A T-shirt, heirloom seeds for a 40 x 40 garden and the naming of one of the hoop houses in perpetuity which will be published in the forthcoming book and online. See additional details on the website.

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    A hand painted six drawer, serpentine front sideboard. See images and details on the website. Free delivery within a 250 mile radius of the farm. There will be a Thank You note in one of the drawers!

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