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High Tunnel 1 - why grow in high tunnels

Why growing in High Tunnels is desirable.

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High Tunnel 1 - why grow in high tunnels

  1. 1. What is a high tunnel & Why grow in them?
  2. 2. <ul><li>A High Tunnel is … </li></ul><ul><li>A poly covered frame (cold frame) </li></ul><ul><li>Solar heated </li></ul><ul><li>And manually vented through either windows and doors or roll-up sides </li></ul><ul><li>Used to extend the season either earlier, later or even through the winter! </li></ul>
  3. 3. High Tunnels give us Some climate control for season extension & Exclude rainfall & winds
  4. 4. Weather Weirding Rainfall Totals 2011 February 7.42 inches March 4.65 inches April 9.77 inches May 6.78 inches 4 Month total 28.62 inches
  5. 5. So what are the advantages of growing in high tunnels Year-round production Command a premium price Capture and retain a market Exceptional quality fruits and vegetables Fewer insect issues Less foliar disease Year-round cash flow Less weed pressure * Fantastic Opportunity!!!
  6. 7. Courtesy: M. Bomford, KSU
  7. 8. What do you want from your high tunnel? Farmers Market – start the season with a large selection and then you want the earliest tomatoes & cut flowers
  8. 9. Or perhaps expand your sales into the winter
  9. 10. High Tunnel Alternative Structures PVC Structure
  10. 11. Low cost, temporary pvc – picture Tim Coolong, U Kentucky
  11. 12. High tunnel made of scrap lumber
  12. 13. Bend your own steel
  13. 14. Haygroves
  14. 15. Haygrove with a summer tomato crop
  15. 16. Movable High Tunnel
  16. 18. High tunnel complex covering 925 acres in Mexico
  17. 19. So let’s explore them in detail!