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Cornell Vegetable Program Delivers 46% Net Increase for Cooperating High Tunnels

high-tunnel-tomatoes-basketsx400From Cornell Vegetable Program Highlights (January – March 2016):

The CVP recently completed a NYFVI sponsored project examining nutrient management for high tunnel crops. Vegetable farmers participating in this project improved their ability to manage soil and nutrients through intensive soil, water and foliar analyses and then implemented CVP Best Management Practices.

The project team conducted 35 educational outreach events reaching over 1,100 growers with 24 farms cooperating on intensive sampling. 15 farms that provided economic data, documented an average net high tunnel income increase of $4,931.88, or 46%. Tunnel area increased by 16%, representing new capital investment of $32,050 in 12,820 square feet of high tunnel space erected during the project period.

Participating growers reported at the end of the project that they will erect an additional 41,156 square feet of tunnel space within the next two years, an investment of over $100,000. Continued funding has been sought from NYFVI, SCBG and the Towards Sustainability Foundation.

NY High Tunnel Conference December 8

 A wide variety of tunnel topics will be covered at this workshop Tuesday, December 8 at the  Woodcrest Community, 2032 Route 213, Rifton, NY.  Come hear updates from the CU tunnel team on their projects, funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute.

  • High Tunnel Vegetables, Berries and Cut Flowers
  • Winter Spinach Production
  • Budgeting
  • Farm tour of winter greens high tunnels!

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Call Teresa Rusinek at 845-340-3990 or email 





Smart Marketing article

Start-up costs and marketing methods have a huge effect on the profitability of high tunnel enterprises.

That’s one of the conclusions of a study funded by New York Farm Viability Institute, reported on by Chris Wien, high tunnel team leader in the Department of Horticulture in the Smart Marketing newsletter, published by the Department of Applied Economics and Management.

The nearly three-fold difference in net income from tomatoes is largely due to differences in marketing: tomatoes from Farm A [net = $0.57 per square foot] went to a wholesale auction market; those from Farm B [net = $1.44 per square foot] were sold retail at a farmers market.

Read the whole article.

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