NORMAN — Recently, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma dedicated its new Hoop House in memory of long-time Norman resident Constance L. Golden.
The Hoop House will be used as part of the Regional Food Bank’s Urban Harvest program and will be integrated into a new on-site children’s garden scheduled to open in spring 2014. The original Hoop House was damaged from the May 31 tornado.
“I am thrilled that the Hoop House is up; it looks stupendous,” shared Juliet Golden, daughter of Constance Golden. “My mother would be thrilled not only about the space, but also the educational role this space will play. My mother believed so strongly in initiatives such as this and would feel so blessed that she could help make this happen.”
The new 30’x64’ Hoop House provides an additional 670 square feet of learning space. It features a large strawberry jungle, designed to produce more strawberries for the Regional Food Bank’s Kids Cafe afterschool programs; an expanded vermicomposting space to help compost inedible produce and to create organic materials for Urban Harvest; and a larger kid-friendly space where children can participate in Urban Harvest activities regardless of weather conditions. It is being specifically designed for at-risk children participating in the Regional Food Bank’s Kids Cafe afterschool programs, and the thousands of children in school and church groups who volunteer at the organization each year.
“This generous gift of a Hoop House at Urban Harvest will allow the Regional Food Bank to increase the amount of nutritious, organic food it provides to chronically hungry children participating in its Kids Cafe afterschool programs,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “This Hoop House will also help create a creative educational space for children who struggle with hunger and are learning valuable nutrition lessons that will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to putting this structure to good use in the upcoming school year and for many years to come.”