Greenhouse designed to provide food for needy

Photos by Evan Goodenow | Oberlin News-Tribune

A small greenhouse, also known as a hoop house, was dedicated last Wednesday at Depot Park. The 10-foot-by-20 foot structure will help grow produce for the Oberlin Community Services food pantry, which last fiscal year provided about 538,000 pounds of food. A $7,500 federal taxpayer grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture paid for the hoop house and installation. Oberlin College students and Zion Community Development Corp. members helped erect the structure Oct. 7, said Alan Mitchell, Zion executive director. “This space will allow us to extend our growing season,” said Mitchell, who oversees the pantry program. “It increases the opportunity to increase the amount of food that’s fresh and local for individuals at risk of hunger.”

Pictured are Mitchell, Oberlin recreation superintendent Ian Yarber, USDA assistant secretary for civil rights Joe Leonard, Oberlin Community Services economic opportunity coordinator Cherilyn Holloway, USDA budget director Kirk Perry, and councilwoman Sharon Pearson.