I recently had the chance to sit down with Dani Stolley of Oshkosh and thought you’d like to hear about her amazing project. This passionate and energetic woman is leading the charge for a self-sustainable community garden and her vision is quickly becoming a reality.
One point one six acres, of un-used land, is set to get a makeover that has the potential to, as the mission states, ”raise awareness and educate citizens about the numerous benefits of local food and food production by growing and teaching others how to grow, delicious, nutritious, and sustainable fish, food, flowers, jobs, and hope”. Along with a degree in Environmental Studies, Dani has been trained by Will Allen of Growing Power and is dutifully prepared for the task at hand.
1.16 acres to be transformed. (photo courtesy of Don Stolley)
The first hoop house, which is similar to a green house, is set to be constructed this month. Remember the soda bottle greenhouse you made in 7th grade science class? Well, that’s exactly what this first hoop house will contain, except on a much, much larger scale. Dani is hopeful that produce will be ready for the winter farmers market and in about 9 months they will even have market size fish. Each drum inside the hoop house will contain a three-tiered self sustainable system made up of water, fish, gravel, soil, and plants.
Hoop House (photo courtesy of Growing Power)
(photo courtesy of Growing Power)
“It’s going to take a lot of people. It’s a 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, kind of project” says Dani and she adds that ”everyone in this town can get involved in one way or another, even it it’s just to buy the produce, that’s great. I think this is really going to revitalize alot of neighborhoods and communities”. One thing is for sure, once this project gets off the ground the possibilities are endless. It is going to take the whole community to make it happen and so far the Oshkosh community is embracing it with open arms.
If you are interested in getting involved or if you want to learn more about the project check out the Growing Oshkosh Facebook page here.