Using High Tunnels for Season Extension: Introduction & Special Topics

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Date: March 27, 2017
Location: Cabarrus Country Cooperative Extension Office, Concord NC
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $25
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​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, N.C. Cooperative Extension

Regional farmers include:

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