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Using High Tunnels for Season Extension: Introduction & Special Topics

Register Online: http://go.ncsu.edu/season-extension-3-27
*** Note: You must complete the above registration form before you can pay with a credit card. ***

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Registration Payment Option: 

  • Credit Cards: CEFS can now accept credit cards for your registration fees. Follow this link to the online credit card payment portal: https://commerce.cashnet.com/NCSUCEFS?ITEMCODE=CALS2-UHTSE.
  • 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. 

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 production efficiency through proper management techniques.  A special topic of grafted heirloom tomato production will be discussed and demonstrated at a local farm. Session topics include high tunnel production, transplant production, grafted heirloom tomatoes in a high tunnel, and NRCS high tunnel cost share programs. We’ll also discuss regional marketing opportunities for high tunnel production.

The afternoon hands-on portion will be at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm where research is currently being conducted on grafted heirloom tomatoes in a high tunnel.  Greenhouse and transplant production will also be demonstrated.

Speakers Include:

  • Laura Lauffer, Project Coordinator, Local Farms and Food, N.C. A&T State University, Cooperative Extension Program
  • Local Representative, Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Gena Moore, Organic Research Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Aaron Newton, Lomax Farm Manager, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Lauren Duncan, Area Horticulture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

Regional farmers include:

  • Allen Blake, Owner of Maters and More Farm
  • Cody Hammel, Hammel Heritage Farm