by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County
High tunnels have become a popular solution to extending the production season for fruit and vegetable crops. The production system is a hybrid between field grown and greenhouse grown system that has it own unique characteristics. The practice will be the focus of an April 13 Workshop.
Dr Matt Kleinhenz, Extension Specialist Vegetable production will discuss the keys to being successful in high tunnel production during a morning interactive session. Dr Kleinhenz will share his experiences and research in using high tunnels to produce a variety of vegetable crops. What to think through before you buy, what crops are successfully produced and the cautions that need to be considered with this management system.
The program will be held on April 13th from 9:30 till 4:15. The morning session and lunch will be held at Heritage Inn, Sauder Farm & Craft Village, Archbold OH. The afternoon session will be held at a nearby farm. Registration cost is$35 by April 6 or $45 after April 6, space permitting (Limit is 40 seats).
In the afternoon the program will move to Kinsman Farms just a short distance from the Heritage Inn site. The focus will be on a working structure and site preparation for a new structure.
Kinsman Farms have a premium 24 x 24 Gothic roof high tunnel with rafters at 4 ft spacing, manual roll up sides, and sliding doors hung from barn door track on the ends. The structure was erected in August, 2009. Crops have included lettuce, spinach, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, kale and other things will be planted by mid April to fill early CSA baskets. They also have mid-winter production experiences for the last two years.
The farm is installing a premium 30 x 48 Gothic roof high tunnel with rafters on 4 ft spacing this spring and will time so workshop participants can see the process of installation and setup.
For more details and registrationinformation click http://fulton.osu.edu