Sunday, December 02, 2012

The Pendalouan Hoop House!

QUESTION: What do kale, garlic, tomatoes, dill, cilantro, and parsley have in common?

ANSWER: They are all currently planted in Pendalouan's new Hoop House!

A Hoop House is a greenhouse-like structure that helps prolong the growing season and prevent animal intrusion. The story of Pendalouan's Hoop House started this past Spring and has only just begun!

Earlier this year, Pendalouan started a composting program. Composting is the transformation of plant matter (leaves, grasses, fruit rinds, vegetable scraps, etc) through decomposition into a nutrient-rich, soil-like material that can be used for gardening. Pendalouan's kitchen and dining hall produce a large quantity of compostable materials and in our quest to limit our impact on the natural world around us, we decided composting would be a logical next step.

Dedicating the Hoop House at Pendalouan Day on
October 6th, 2012

After some discussions with some interested alumni, we soon realized that we wanted to do more! With the support of alumni, and local businesses and organizations, our Hoop House was funded, built, and set up by October. It was dedicated on Pendalouan Day. We thank Roger and Jan Spoelman, the Olsen Family Fund, Don and Sue DeLong, Bruce and Margaret Spoelman, Community Foundation for Muskegon Country, The Aloca Foundation, MasterTag Corp., and Weesies Brothers Farms Inc. for their support.

Executive Director Bruce Spoelman
explains plans for future programming

While we are still in the early stages of planting and growing, we are looking forward to incorporating the Hoop House into our programming, so that our campers and guests will be able to experience the garden for themselves. Our current plans are to provide a rotating program. This way campers will be able to witness and experience every stage of the gardening process, from planting to harvesting.

This hands-on classroom will help youth get a new perspective on food, agriculture and their world around them. Stay tuned here the Camp Blog and on our Facebook Page for more updates!

Below are more pictures from Pendalouan's Hoop House! Enjoy!

Alumni and Friends enjoy a first look at the new Hoop House
during the dedication at Pendalouan Day 2012
Early signs of life! Picture taken 10/28/12

Things are growing! Picture taken 11/26/2012

If you would like to get involved with Pendalouan's Hoop House, contact Bruce Spoelman, Executive Director at


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Anonymous said...

Love, love, love this idea! Good work, guys!! -Meredith

pakgirl said...

This is really a phenomenal idea!!! Anne