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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.

Details:

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

Too much snow?

The Cornell Vegetable Program website offers these timely resources:

Tomato nutrients linked to pH, phosphorus management

“As irrigation water is often high in pH and bicarbonate, high tunnel soils generally climb the pH scale without precipitation to leach through the profile,” Jud Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program, told Vegetable Grower News. “The result of is lower nutrient levels in the plant foliage, ultimately decreasing vigor and yield. Manganese (Mn) deficiency is often the first sign of this problem.”

Solutions include measuring and adjusting pH of irrigation water and using sulfur to reduce soil pH prior to planting.

Read the whole article.

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.

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