Kerr Center

Free Hoop House Workshop for Choctaw Tribal Members October 7

Free Hoop House Workshop for Choctaw Tribal Members October 7

Start garden crops earlier in the spring, keep them going later in the fall, and grow cool-season crops all through the winter! The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is sponsoring a free hoop house workshop for tribal members and their spouses, Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 – 3:30 in Poteau. Free registration is required by September 29. Early registration is advised due to limited space.

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which has run this popular workshop for years, will teach the event.

Hoop houses are greenhouses that use the sun for heating. They can postpone fall frosts to keep harvests going later in the season, and can warm the soil early to get a head start in the spring.

In warmer weather, hoop houses can even be covered with shade cloth instead of clear plastic, to cushion crops against the hottest temperatures of the season.

The hoop house design demonstrated in this workshop is a lower cost version, with a total materials cost of around $1,500.

The workshop kicks off at the Choctaw Community Center, where participants will go step by step through the hands-on process of building a 100’ x 17’ hoop house – from bending the hoops, to pounding the stakes, to attaching the plastic.

After a free lunch, the action will move to the Kerr Center outside of town. There, participants will see a hoop house in use, and learn techniques for growing in hoop houses.

For more information or to register, contact the Kerr Center at 918-647-9123 or

A low-cost 100′ x 17′ hoop house of the design to be demonstrated at the Oct. 7 workshop.