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How to Extend Harvest Time?

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Hoop House

One great obstacle that faces many in the agricultural industry, is dealing with the harvest at the beginning and end of the growing seasons for vegetables. This is because the harvest is typically lighter and not as sustainable. Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are directly inhibited by this problem.

One recent solution that has been attempted at some research Universities and farms is that of a “Hoop House”. These structures are similar to greenhouses but are not heated electrically. The Chicago Botanic Garden states that the benefits of a hoop house are that it provides a longer growing season (1-2 months longer) for plants while also protecting them from poor weather and insects.

These buildings can extend and increase the number of crops available making their growing seasons more sustainable. The largest employment sector in the world is agriculture-related as it employs 40% of the global population. This sector is also the largest source of income for people living in poor rural areas as well.

A hoop house’s ability to be moved around, operate without electricity and extend the growing season has the ability to also tackle goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 1 (No Poverty). This is because it will allow workers to not only maintain the hoop houses themselves but to tend to the farms as well. The hoop houses do require a small initial start-up cost. However, these structures more than pay for their initial costs, because of the larger quantity of produce able to be grown.

In the meantime, if you are involved with initiatives that champion the other SDGs and have a special focus on alleviating hunger and sustainable farming, you can join the Entrepreneurship Campus and enter our competitions. You will have the opportunity to expand your network with other people that share the same interests, ideas and projects. On the other hand, you can inspire other people to start another similar movement in a different country.

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  1. This competition had enabled me to learn more about other Sustainable Development Goals and to have an idea or glimpse about what other goals entail that is distinct from the one I am currently tackling which is SDGs (4 & 8).

  2. As if green houses are not enough! It’s a wonderful idea. The farmers can only harvest when they are ready. It gives them time to get ready for the big sale because we know vegetables are perishable. If not harvested in good time their nutritional content gets depleted.

  3. Greenhouses are not enough but good health and proper well being are very much important to humanity.
    Vote and comment on my idea

  4. Information is POWER.

    This information will be very useful for any of the co-contestants in this year competition who is focusing on Zero Hunger.Also,is an additional information and eye opener to the rest of us who are passionate about other SGD’s goals.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. wow. Amazing.
    Adoption of these a hoop house in Uganda would really help us protect delicate plants from extreme temperature fluctuations and rainy seasons. I am impressed by this idea. Thank you for sharing

  6. My dad is a farmer and he uses greenhouses, I like the concept of hoop houses and I’ll research about them and try to implement them in our farm
    Thank you for this

  7. In Africa, we sometimes answer a question with another question:
    Why would you extend harvesting time? Don’t you want to use your produce asap and gain asap? ON LIGHT NOTE

  8. Fantastic!!! This model is ideal to Ecological Community PopulAction, a ecovillage to empower excluded social minorities through the construction of sustainable ecovillage and educational programs that stimulate entrepreneurship in agribusiness, gastronomy and handicrafts, in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency by promoting actions that raise the standard of quality of life and re-entry into society.

    My idea, “Ecological Community PopulAction”, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!

  9. Great information. This has given me new recommendations on agriculture. I will now try to design a plan intertwining permaculture and hoop houses. Thank you!

  10. Knowledge. This was helpful

  11. This is such a brilliant idea

    Entrepreneurship campus you are really diversify our mind here, i will recommend this to few farmer in my country. this might just increase food security in my country. I will encourage agriculturist to carry a research on it.

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  12. A majority of the population in my countries are rural farmers. Many fail to live on subsistence because of pest attacks. Hoop houses are a cheap and impressive solution that would make a perfect extension to their occupation. It also promotes decent work, which my project (Eyesaver from youth competition) also aims to accomplish.

  13. Great!
    My idea “Positive Change” seeks to address hunger and sanitation problem in the world. Kindly read my idea.

    I am Lomotey Francis Korsi,
    My idea, “Positive Change”, was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
    Thank you.

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Timeline 2019

March 18, 2019
Competition launch.
Entries are welcomed
May 15, 2019
Voting & commenting begins for all
July 31, 2019
Deadlines for entries
August 31, 2019
Deadlines for votes & comments
September 5, 2019
10 finalists announced in both categories
September 5, 2019
People’s Choice Prize winners announced
September 15, 2019
Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both
October 5, 2019
Deadline for Panel of Judges’ selection of the winners
October 19, 2019
Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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