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Season Extension with High Tunnels


We encourage you to sign up for one of our other upcoming high tunnel workshops:

Using High Tunnels for Season Extension: Introduction & Special Topics

 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. Although high tunnels are considered low-tech, maximizing production and profits can be difficult. During this workshop participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion. The afternoon hands-on portion will be at the Onslow County Incubator Farm. Session topics will include proper planting techniques, successional planting, high tunnel planning and greenhouse management.

Speakers Include:

  • Danon Lawson, with NRCS, will describe the high tunnel cost share program and application process.
  • Gena Moore, Organic Research Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
  • Wesley Stalling, Area Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension will lead the production sessions.
  • Molly Rousey, with Feast Down East Food Hub, season extension and marketing.

Regional farmers include:

  • John Gurganus, from Xanadu Farm will share his experience with his high tunnel operation.
  • Steve Putnam from Putnam Family Farms will share his experience with low tunnels.