NMU Hoop House

The NMU Hoop House serves as a collaborative learning center for eaters of all ages who are curious about where food comes from and want to learn more about how it is grown. Through student-driven research and community education on sustainable agriculture, the project aims to expand our local food system, increase food security, and promote access to fresh, healthy food for everyone.

Located on the campus of Northern Michigan University, the Marquette Hoop House Pilot Project began in 2009 as a partnership between Northern Initiatives, NMU’s College of Professional Studies, and the Marquette Food Co-op. The project works to help current farmers, potential farmers, and the greater community learn more about sustainable agricultural practices and using hoop houses to extend the growing season in a northern climate. Harvests from the Hoop House are donated to the culinary programs at NMU and local charities.

The Hoop House offers:

  • Workshops on gardening and farming (click here)
  • Tours of the Hoop House and outdoor gardens—available for groups or individuals of all ages
  • Lectures, presentations, and educational activities on local food systems, sustainable agriculture, and healthy eating for your school or group
  • Research and internship opportunities
  • Hands-on experience with small-scale farming as a volunteer

The Hoop House is located in a field beside the Jacobetti Center on NMU’s campus. Turn into the Jacobetti Center off of Hawley St/550, and follow the drive to the right.

Click here to view the Hoop House Annual Report

Contact Special Projects Coordinator Abbey Palmer at 906-225-0671 x725 / apalmer@marquettefood.coop for more info about what’s available through the Marquette Hoop House.

Thanks to our weekly volunteers, and to our partners:

Northern Initiatives & NMU College of Professional Studies

Construction Management students and community members who helped assemble the hoop house and build the tool shed.

All the instructors who have donated their time to teaching workshops and seminars.

Rock River Farm, Rock River Perennial Garden, and Cedar Creek Farm for donating plant starts and irrigation equipment.

Nathan Mileski, Eric Moe, Deb Pearce, and Robin Rahoi for bringing local food to the table—literally—at NMU.

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