Students are growing food for fellow students at Michigan State University’s student organic farm, where a 4,320-square-foot unheated hoop house is providing organic salad greens, carrots and radishes for the university’s Yakeley Hall cafeteria.
The hoop house, built at a cost of $20,000, traps enough of the sun’s heat to allow produce to grow during the fall and early months.
“In an age of food that is fast, cheap, plastic-wrapped and shipped around the world, a group of people here at MSU came together, took a stand and said, ‘Enough. We can do better,’” says Laurie Thorp, a faculty advisor to the organic farm.
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