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High Tunnel Farmer to Farmer Meeting, Feb. 4, Poughkeepsie, NY

Join the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program team for a facilitated farmer-to-farmer style workshop focused on high tunnel production and management.

Though the final meeting agenda will be developed on the day of the meeting with input from attendees, it is expected that topics covered will include season-long soil fertility management, high tunnel model selection and construction considerations, biological pest and disease management, and more.

Confirmed farmer presenters include Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY, Leon Vehaba of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Sam and Erin Enouen and Sam Zurofsky of Long Season Farm in Kerhonkson, NY, and Jeff Arnold of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub in Hurley, NY.


Monday, February 4th (Thursday, February 7th snow date)
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Poughkeepsie Farm Project
51 Vassar Farm Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY
$15 for enrolled CCE ENYCHP members, $20 non-enrolled
Registration fee includes a catered lunch (vegetarian options will be available)

More information.

View High Tunnel Vegetable Research Update webinar

In case you missed it, you can view the recording of the November 29, 2018 High Tunnel Vegetable Research Update with Amy Ivy, Judson Reid and Mike Davis

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:

Tomato production in high tunnels workshop Sept. 10

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High stakes: Tomato production in hoop houses

Hosted by Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Saturday September 10 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Extending the New York growing season with unheated greenhouses (also called high tunnels or hoop houses) is a growing technology with organic vegetable farmers. At this workshop led by one of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s vegetable specialists, we will discuss the production of tomatoes in high tunnels, strategies to manage soil and plant nutrient levels, tomato disease management, and other topics in Dilmun Hill’s new moveable high tunnel. All knowledge and experience levels are welcome.

More info.

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