Groundswell, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Mentor Farmers are teaming up to offer a new season-long course on growing, managing and marketing high tunnel crops.
High tunnels are becoming a must have tool for produce farmers looking to extend the season in spring and fall, and to protect crops from weather, pests and disease during the growing season. If you are considering the purchase of a high tunnel or want to become more proficient at using the tunnels you have, this series is for you.
Introduction to High Tunnels Workshop, February 9, 2015
An Introduction to High Tunnels workshop will be held on Monday, February 9, from 1-4 PM at Good Life Farm in Interlaken. Judson Reid, Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist and growers Melissa Madden of Good Life Farm and Evangeline Sarat of Sweet Land Farm will co-teach this session. Come early at noon for soup and informal conversation with other growers. In addition, Patrick Barry from USDA NRCS will talk about funding for tunnels.
The February 9 Introduction to High Tunnels workshop at Good Life Farm is a stand-alone session. To register for this workshop call Cooperative Extension, 607-272-2292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a $5 charge for this class.
Year-Round High Tunnels Course, March – November 2015
For those looking for more in-depth technical training, a 27-hour Year-Round High Tunnels Course will be offered, patterned after Groundswell’s popular farmer-designed course in Holistic Organic Orchard Management. Sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month, March through November, with a break in August. Each session will be held at a different farm, highlighting diverse production systems. Host farmers and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will address the full range of production and management issues including: soil fertility, pest and disease management, varieties, economics, marketing, and crop-specific practices for tomatoes, greens and fruit. Read more »