Season Extension With High Tunnels

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Season Extension With High Tunnels

Date: February 8, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Onslow County Extension Office & Incubator Farm, 4024 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC 28540

Registration Fee: $25– Includes Lunch

Register Online:http://go.ncsu.edu/season-extension-2-8

*** Note: You must complete the above registration form before you can pay with a credit card. ***

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Registration Payment Option: 

  • Credit Cards: CEFS can now accept credit cards for your registration fees. Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/NCSUCEFS, click on the “Season Extension with High Tunnels” tab and follow the directions.
  • Checks: Please make checks payable to “NC State University” and leave memo line blank. Mail check and copy of registration form to: Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Attn. Lisa Forehand, Box 7609-NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695

Registration Information: Space is limited. In order to secure your space on the tour, your registration fee is required within 7 days of registering.

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 profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion. The afternoon hands-on portion will be at the Onslow County Incubator Farm. Session topics will include proper planting techniques, successional planting, high tunnel planning and greenhouse management.

Speakers Include:

  • Danon Lawson, with NRCS, will describe the high tunnel cost share program and application process.
  • Gena Moore, Research Director, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association &
  • Wesley Stalling, Area Horticulture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension will lead the production sessions.
  • Molly Rousey, with Feast Down East Food Hub, season extension and marketing.

Regional farmers include:

  • John Gurganus, from Xanadu Farm will share his experience with his high tunnel operation
  • Steve Putnam from Putnam Family Farms will share his experience with low tunnels.
 
Find this workshop on the CEFS website, here: https://cefs.ncsu.edu/event/season-extension-with-high-tunnels/