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Season Extension with High Tunnels online course starts March 1

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering Season Extension with High Tunnels as one of its online courses this season.

The six-week course runs from March 1 to April 3 under the tutelage of co-instructors:

  • Jud Reid, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.
  • Crystal Stewart, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge you need to:

  • Complete a basic site assessment and know when to bring in experts to discuss site limitations
  • Make decisions to improve or maintain their soil health and fertility in the tunnel
  • Select an appropriate high tunnel structure for their site, climate, and production needs
  • Select and grow appropriate cold and/or warm season crops for the tunnel
  • Employ pest control and trouble-shooting strategies for high tunnels
  • Decide if high tunnels make economic, environmental, and social sense on the farm

Fee for this course is $250. Sign up a month or more in advance of the start date and receive $25 off. Sign up for three or more courses and received $50 off your total.

Read more and register.

Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars coming in February and March

From Betsy Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program:

Save the Dates!  We want to be on your calendars for the New Year!

We will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March.  The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:

  • Feb 2: Introduction to the project
  • Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to pest management
  • Feb 23: Vegetable crop production in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 2: Disease management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 9: Insect management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 16: Weed management in greenhouses and high tunnels, especially in winter production
  • Mar 23: How to write/use an IPM plan

Zoom information for each webinar will be coming soon.   All webinars will be recorded in case you can’t attend in person.

During the week of April 24 we will hold a training session in Geneva to follow up on these webinars. More information to follow on that, too.

We will advertise these programs broadly but if you want to be sure to be included in any future emails, please let me know:

Canandaigua workshop, Feb. 27

From Judson Reid:

Use of Season Extension Tunnels for the Beginner Farmer and Home Gardener
Saturday, February 27, 2010
9:00 AM to Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension, 480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Extending the growing season for the production of vegetables, herbs, berries and cut flowers is attracting the attention of commercial growers and home gardeners. To accommodate this interest, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is hosting a workshop on the use of season extension tunnels.

Tunnel structures allow farmers and home gardeners to start plants earlier in the spring and harvest later into the fall or winter season. Crops grown under these structures out-yield conventional production and often with less disease problems. Topics to be covered include:

  • How different materials can raise or lower temperatures for tender crops – Chris Wien
  • How to grow vegetables in tunnels, including leafy greens – Judson Reid
  • Winter storage vegetables — varieties, seeding dates and storage techniques – Robert Hadad
  • Growing cut flowers in tunnels – Chris Wien

The workshop fee is $15.00 per farm operation or family. To register, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County at 585-394-3977 x427 or

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!

Click here for details:

Call Teresa Rusinek at 845-340-3990 or email 





NCAT high tunnel podcast

sus ag spotlightIn Using Hoop Houses to Extend Your Growing Season, a podcast from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, host Jeff Birkby interviews horticulture specialists Tammy Hinman and Andy Pressman on how hoop houses can increase profits in vegetable production. They discuss the uses and benefits of hoop houses, including crop quality and yields, different styles of hoop houses, construction materials, cost estimates, crop management, soil fertility, how to deal with pests and weeds, economics, and marketing.

Download mp3.

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