MSU’s 2012 Hoophouse Gala Raises $27,800 for Student Scholarships

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MSU’s 2012 Hoophouse Gala Raises $27,800 for Student Scholarships

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Nov 3, 2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. – At Michigan State University’s recent 2012 Hoophouse Gala, more than 250 guests came together to enjoy a local and sustainable harvest dinner and raised $27,800 to create scholarships for the training and education of a next generation of Michigan’s organic farmers.

Supported by MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Services, the gala was held on the MSUStudent Organic Farm grounds on October 7. Guests were served a seven-course meal prepared byMSU’s award-winning chefs that showcased pork raised at the MSU Student Organic Farm and products from Michigan farms and wineries.

MSU recently earned a perfect score — one of just six universities in the nation to do so — in the first Organic Land Grant Assessment released by the Organic Farming Research Foundation.


“Supporters of the annual Hoophouse Gala have made this exemplary rating possible and are enabling the farm to uphold its reputation as an A+ program,” said Laurie Thorp, coordinator forMSU’s Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment.”


Three MSU farmers were awarded scholarships at the 2012 event. Originally from Haslett, Mich., Tom McAlvey was the recipient of the Larry and Faylene Owen Emerging Farmer Award. McAlvey is a senior horticulture major at MSU who also serves on the MSU Student Organic Farm Crew. Ellen Murphy was named the Vennie Gore Emerging Farmer Award recipient and is originally fromChagrin Falls, OH. Tyler Troszak was the recipient of a scholarship presented by Dr. June Youatt,MSU senior associate provost. Troszak hails from Canton, Mich. Murphy and Troszak will be part of the incoming 2013 Organic Farmer Training Program cohort.


“As gala underwriter, MSU’s Division of Residential and Hospitality Servic es works with the MSUStudent Organic Farm to provide campus-grown, certified-organic produce to MSU’s dining halls and The State Room Restaurant at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center,” said Vennie Gore, assistant vice president for the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services. “This fall, we were thrilled to introduce Bailey GREENhouse, a hoophouse on the grounds of campus’ Brody Neighborhood in which MSU students grow herbs that are served in campus dining venues.” 

The 2013 Hoophouse Gala is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 29, 2013. For more information and to become a sponsor, visit hoophousegala.rhs.msu.edu.