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Miller Fellows Constructing New Agraria Hoop House

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The Miller Fellows program, administered by the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, provides a wide range of opportunities for Antioch College students to engage deeply with the local community through work and service. Agraria—a regenerative farming project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions—is one example of local partnership organizations with which students are involved.

Construction of a new hoop house at Agraria began last weekend with the help of Antioch College Miller Fellows Juliana Aisa ’24, Hunter Compton ’24, Angel Harris ’24, David Klasovsky ’22, Kyla Lemin ’24, Vanae Pate ’24, Chanel Phillips ’24, Romel Phillips ’24, Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin ’22, and Madison Stephenson ’24. The hoop house (made possible by an EQIP grant) will be used to support a beginning farmer regenerative fellowship program for BIPOC farmers developed in partnership with The Nature Conservatory and funded by a grant from NCR-SARE.

“The students were incredibly receptive to the Agraria projects, despite the inclement weather and the physically challenging nature of both tasks,” says Agraria’s Alex Klug. “As one of the team leads for the high tunnel build I’m happy to say that we were able to meet our goal of sitting the North wall posts. This included measuring, leveling, and driving in the posts (as best we could with frozen conditions). The group was also able to refill the South wall post holes, a necessary task for us to complete prior to the freezing rains we expect to have this week.”