Today it was 60 degrees. Now, some of you might be thankful because in general people are winter shy. Me however, am mourning the lack of winter, and have nothing but complaints over the beautiful, gorgeous, epic day today. One thing I can’t complain about however is the lack of wind. Why? Well, because we’ve had this hoop house going up, and have been waiting all month, or longer possibly to get the plastic up and over the top of this behemuth…it’s been a long wait, but TODAY was the day.
In other news, a side note that helps propel this story forward, we received a new WWOOF’er yesterday, around evening time. His name is Damian. He comes to us from the great state of Texas, Dallas area (represent). Now that you all have been introduced to him, the pictures that he’s in won’t seem so unfamiliar. Moving on…
Why don’t I just cut to the chase and start feeding you pictures with captions.
Everybody, this is Damian. Damian, this is everybody. I’m assuming by this picture, I didn’t take it, that he has a sense of humor.
Whilst I was at school, the crew was working on finishing the south end wall construction. Patrick, I like that you’re wearing the sweat band I crocheted.
I like this shot a lot, I titled it in my folder “Intimate Hands”. I feel like we’re peeking in on this intimate moment of teamwork.
Whoa, the pull back reveals that it’s the brothers…that would make for an interesting plot. I say this in jest men, thank you so much for the help.
Here is the finished end wall.
This is my artsy end wall shot from the other side. This right here, is exciting! Not the shot, although I think it’s neat, but the end wall. It’s almost finished!
Forgive me, I was premature, I should have put this picture in the mix a little earlier. This is the finishing touches to the end wall.
I like this little series here of Paul cutting the door out after the construction was complete. I must admit, this has been a long road, putting up this hoop. Even though the top is not on at the moment, this cutting of the door plastic, felt like a ribbon cutting of sorts. Enjoy.
HERE WE GO. This means that the top is near. A quorum of farmies came together to pull the plastic. A lot of the faces were the same faces that helped us last year when we pulled the plastic on our first hoop. Last year it was soooooo windy. Not as windy as it has been lately, but windy none the less. It seemed really frantic and critical to get it done and get it done quick. This year, today, it was so calm and work at your own pace-like, totally a different mojo. It made this process a whole lot easier.
Here’s Patrick. Patrick is laying out wiggle wire. The wiggle wire fits into a c-channel, which attaches the plastic to the structure.
The posse assembling, getting a tentative set of instructions.
Laying out the plastic.
I think this picture is neat. I couldn’t decide between this one and one that turned out a little warmer. But, I like the coolness of this one. Since it is February, we should all get the illusion that it’s cold outside…unless you’re standing underneath that plastic.
Photo credit: Mark Landry. Awesome shot! Richard Orr, prepare to become a star my man.
They are attatching the plastic here. Working on the wiggle wire. Most people are holding up the plastic. For a time they were working in a bubble. A few of us bystanders helped hold up more of the plastic so those guys could breathe.
Hi. I was there too. I pretended to be a tough girl and helped hold the plastic. I almost dropped my camera trying to get a shot of me being tough, but this is what I snapped. It’s tough to maneuver a camera with one hand. But now you know that I was there too, and did some. Thanks y’all who did most of the work, ahem*, Patrick, Jake, Paul Z, Barry, Pauly…and for those of you I’ve forgotten…I’m getting the flashing light, I’ve got to go…I love you all!
Patrick sacrificed and climbed up on the wall to cut the plastic to lay flat, so as not to interfere with the top plastic. Hardcore Patrick…really hardcore. Someone agree with me.
Here it is. It’s happening.
Holy moly. I can’t tell you how happy this makes us. This was a feat. Like the building of the pyramids, just not on such a grand scale. High fives all around! That’s Jo-nathan Bame down there. He’s the CSA manager for Northwest Arkansas Local Harvest. He’s giving a thumbs up, which you can’t see, but now you know.
There. It’s up now. This is EPIC. A humble thank you to everyone who was present today, as well as throughout the entire process.
WOW, WOW, WOW you out did yourself with these amazing pictures!
I’m so proud of all of you and what you have accomplished by yourselves, with your amazing friends and volunteers !
My hat is off to you !
Now when can I come get some fresh veggies ??
Amazing shots – amazing day! A man-filled day… Me thinks you need more ladies around.
Paul.. you did good for a man who says he’s better with a spade (shovel) than a hammer.. the Hightunnel looks great! this mean MORE superior veggies for fayettville… another big high five for local food and our amazing growers! kick ass
mean(S) i don’t spell good.. or read good… 🙂