A hoop house (or high tunnel) is an unheated greenhouse structure usually made by stretching plastic over a skeleton of metal hoops in order to house several rows of crops across multiple seasons.
Our 30’x 60’ hoop house, located behind the Fitness and Wellness Center, provides ample space for diverse projects. A hoop house differs from the existing two gardens on campus because it can be used for all-season produce production. It provides the insulation and protection from harsh weather changes that would allow students to plant crops during fall quarter to harvest throughout winter quarter, significantly increasing students’ ability to produce food with efficiency and comprehension.
Behind the Fitness and Wellness Center
Just Food Collective
The Just Food Collective is a student organization and program of the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement that strives to provide education and awareness to our campus community about the complexity and intersectionality of food justice. We seek to build relationships between the college and our greater community partners, to learn from existing alternative food movements in Kalamazoo, to increase the amount of locally-grown food served on our campus, and to advocate for initiatives that support a local food system that fosters sustainable and humane agricultural practices, safe and fair working conditions, and food access for all.
Civic Engagement Scholar Email: Omar.Thaj18@kzoo.edu
Civic Engagement Scholar Email: Nora.Blanchard18@kzoo.edu
Civic Engagement Scholar Email: Yasamin.Shaker16@kzoo.edu
Center for Civic Engagement Staff Email: Tapiwa.Chikungwa@kzoo.edu