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Season Extension with High Tunnels – Maximizing Use & Producing Profits

Register Online: http://go.ncsu.edu/season-extension-11-21-reg

Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 17

Registration Payment Option: 

  • Credit Cards: CEFS can now accept credit cards for your registration fees. Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/NCSUCEFS, click on the “Season Extension with High Tunnels (11/21 Jefferson, NC)” tab and follow the directions.
  • Checks: Please make checks payable to “NC State University” and leave memo line blank. Mail check and copy of registration form to: Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Attn. Lisa Forehand, Box 7609-NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695

Registration Information: Space is limited. In order to secure your space on the tour, your registration fee is required within 7 days of registering.

To download a printable flyer for this workshop, please click HERE.

As consumer interest in the local food movement rapidly expands, medium and large scale buyers are seeking to increase sales of local products. One strategy growers can explore to meet this need is season extension through the use of high tunnels.

High tunnels are low-tech, low-cost tools that allow growers to extend the growing season of vegetables and small fruit crops, potentially increasing market opportunities and farm profits. Session topics include microclimate characteristics, ideal planting dates for cool and warm season vegetable crops, labor and material costs, and best management practices for pests and fertility.  Presenters will also discuss various high tunnel equipment vendors, noting the features important to include for extended season growing in the southern Appalachian mountain region.

The presentation will include regional marketing strategies and federal funding opportunities for high tunnel construction. The day will conclude with two high tunnel farm tours.

Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in maximizing the efficient use and profitability  of high tunnels.

Speakers: Dr. Sanjun Gu – horticulture extension specialist, , The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Richard Boylan – area specialized agricultural agent, NC Cooperative Extension; and Alan Rose – owner, New Sprout Organic Farms. Tours hosted by Hollis Wild and Alan Hanson.

For additional information, visit www.ncgrowingtogether.com or contact Laura Lauffer, Program Coordinator, Local Farms and Food, N.C. A&T, CEFS – NC Growing Together Project at 336-285-4690 or ldlauffe@ncat.edu.