Fifteen people showed up for the hoop house workshop on April 7 despite dire weather warnings. We put up the 96 foot house in an hour and a half, taking extra time to wrestle with the wind and talk about what we were doing.
The galvanized metal hoops from Norm of Multi-Shelter Solutions slipped easily on to the rebar anchors. We were impressed. This is a slightly more expensive hoop ($35) than our original self-bent hoops ($28) from Russel Metals, but it doesn’t rust. Norm was worried the rust would be abrasive on the plastic hoop house covering and lead to a shorter life-span. We have 3 houses with the old method and this latest one with Norm’s hoops. We’ll let you know how it compares.
Last weekend the folks at Nature’s Route Farm also put up a 300 foot modified hanley hoop house. They also had a very windy day. They are ambitious! We went to see them on Wednesday and Kent said his arms were still sore from pulling the plastic.
Instead of a pair of t-bars at the end of the hoop house, they used a large fence post to fasten the plastic. The t-posts would not have held the end of such a long hoop house. Kent and Ruth felt that the cone of plastic at the end of the hoop house was too long and were concerned that the wind would catch it, so they plan to put bags of sand along the edge of the plastic.
We also got to see their modified school buses used for sheep housing. Very economical! They installed vents on the top and the sheep seemed very comfortable and happy. They are working on lowering the buses to eliminate the need for access ramps.