Black Forest Hoop House Demo Garden

The Black Forest Community has deep roots and a long standing rich history. The Community is growing and families of all ages are moving into the area. The Black Forest Community Center (BFCC) prides itself on the family friendly traditional events that they sponsor year after year.

The Black Forest Community Center expanded its property in 2016 with The Backyard and hosted an open air Farmer's Market every weekend throughout the summer of 2020. It has been a huge success. We would like to bring another feature to our Backyard with two "Victory Garden Demo Hoop Houses." Many people in the Black Forest are challenged with gardening in our high altitude and climate. Garden enthusiasts and those that are eager to learn can participate in our Victory Garden Hoop Houses, but first we need to build them. Will you sponsor a part of our hoop house? Can you donate a few dollars to get this project off to a good start so we can begin growing this spring? We have a goal of raising $1234.00 in order to begin the demo with a volunteer based construction of two hoop houses 1) Cattle Panel Raised Bed/Back to Eden Style 8ft by 8 ft, $637 and 2) Hail House: Back to Eden style 8ft by 10ft, $597. It is our hope to begin the planting of our gardens in June. 

Donate today! Listed below are the materials needed. Please consider being a part of your community today.

Hoop House-
Purpose:  To promote and teach gardening in a high altitude with a short growing season
Benefits:  Protects plants against hail, deer, birds, voles, etc.  It also uses very little water due to the wood chips used as mulch.
Community:  In 2016 the BFCC expanded its property by purchasing the 4.77 acre property north of the log clubhouse. The original house and property had been destroyed in the 2013 Black Forest Wildfire. Community volunteers donated thousands of hours to clean up the property. The resulting park-like Backyard is now home to the hugely successful black forest Festivals and Farmers Markets. The  demo gardens will add to the activities available at the Black Forest Community Center's Backyard. The demo gardens will be maintained by gardening volunteers for  the planting, care, and harvesting each season.  Food harvested will be given away to those in need.

How can you be a part of this?

1) Donate any of the supplies listed below or volunteer your time, please follow this link to our web page for more details.

2) Cash or check contributions can be sent to: 
Black Forest Community Center
P.O. Box 88034
Black Forest, CO 80908

3) Donate electronically through this GoFundMe account directly! 

Thank you for your support of the Black Forest Demo Hoop House Victory Garden! We look forward to seeing you in "The Backyard!"

Supply List:
(2) 2x12x8 ft    Beds
(8) 2x12x10 ft  Beds
(1) 4x4x8 ft      Frame corners
(6) 2x4x8 ft      Door frame

(4) cattle Panels 50”x16ft
(2 ) 1/4” Hardware cloth 50’ roll (5)
(4) 10ft x 1/2” PVC pipe
(4) 4ft x 50ft Chicken wire
(1) Perforated Hanger strap 3/4” x 50 ft
(1) No 11 wire
(100) #10x3/4 “ wafer head self drilling screws
(16) 3’ metal stakes (rebar)
(3) cubic yards of soil mixture

A special thanks goes out to the Black Forest Victory Garden Club specifically Emmy McAllister and Paul Smith for their leadership in developing/testing designs specific to Black Forest, this materials list and photo contributions. 

Fundraising team (3)

Renee Strickland
Raised $100 from 1 donation
Colorado Springs, CO
Cherie Erler
Jill Gebelt
Team member

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