Rep. Fudge Promotes $132,000 Urban ‘Hoop House’ Program to Give Vegetables Away

June 3, 2013 - 12:08 PM

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Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Marcia Fudge (D- Ohio) says her work to promote urban agriculture includes a $132,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded program for hoop houses “to grow fresh vegetables and give them to people in their neighborhoods.”

Hoop houses, or high tunnel structures, are designed to let farmers extend their growing season.

Fudge discussed her efforts at the May 31st meeting of the City Club of Cleveland.

“I have been privileged to have fought for and obtained a pilot program to build hoop houses in the poorest neighborhoods of our community”, Fudge said, “We’re going to build 22 hoop houses by the end of this summer and the people who they will be next to, who have adjacent properties, have agreed to grow fresh vegetables and give them to people in their neighborhoods.”

“And now everybody else in congress wants to do what I did,” she said.

According to Rep. Fudge’s website, she officially announced the program in August of last year.  The press release from her office says that more than $132,000 in financial funding assistance for the project was provided through the USDA’s ‘Know your Farmer, Know your Food’ initiative.

The initiative's "Grant, Loans and Support" webpage says, "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) is helping communities scale up local and regional food systems and strengthen their economies."