Season Extension: An Overview

Season Extension: An Overview

Season Extension: An Overview

High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Don't know a hoop house from a greenhouse? Learn the basic ABCs of season extension. For more specific information on season extension, click on one of the subtopics in the box to the right. Also, overview information is available in these specialized subtopics:

High Tunnels | Greenhouses | Nurseries

Season Extension: An Overview: High Tunnels

2003 High Tunnel Production Manual

 

A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.

Focusing on Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Production in High Tunnels

 

This webinar covers hoop house and high tunnel production of tomatoes, winter vegetables, flowers and small fruit. It was presented by NCR SARE, Michigan State University, Purdue University and the University of Illinois on Nov. 13, 2008.

High Tunnels

 

This manual on using high tunnels or hoop houses for season extension includes case studies, a supplier list and chapters on marketing, site selection, construction and types, and soil, pest and environmental management.

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High Tunnel Specialty Crop Production in Colorado

 

This hour-long webinar covers high tunnel and hoop house construction, summer and winter vegetable production and the economics of high tunnel production. It also identifies areas where additional research is needed to improve commercial production.

High Tunnel Winter Cropping Systems

 

This audio/slideshow presentation by Lewis Jett, West Virginia Extension Service, is on the use of high tunnels for winter crop production, including design, temperature management, bed preparation, crop selection and seeding.

Kansas State High Tunnel Video Series

 

This video series was developed by Kansas State Research and Extension, and includes segments on the following topics related to commercial high tunnel or hoop house production:

Overview | Design | What to Plant | Basic Management Considerations | Intensive Management | Resources

NOFA-VT tunnel tours

 

Join Linda Prim (NOFA-VT fruit and technical assistance advisor) and Chris Callahan (UVM Extension agricultural engineer) for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using commercial high tunnels, hoop houses and greenhouses for season extension vegetable production.

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Season Extension: An Overview: Greenhouses

 

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Season Extension: An Overview: Nurseries

Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Fact Sheets

 

These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic herbicides and integrated pest management in commercial nursery plant production.

Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainable Practices Video Series

 

This video series describes measures commercial nursery producers can take to improve sustainability in the areas of irrigation, heating and energy use, runoff, recycling and more.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

General information and resources from Hightunnels.org

Hoophouse Farming Startup: Economics, Efforts and Experiences from 12 Novice Hoophouse Farmers (a University of Michigan Extension bulletin)

Hoop Houses for Extending Your Growing Season (an NCAT webinar)

Hoop House How-To (a website of The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture)

Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual (a 95-page workbook published by Iowa State University)

Minnesota High Tunnel Production Manual for Commercial Growers (a 179-page manual published by the University of Minnesota)

Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2012
How to order

Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.

FEATURED VIDEO

2013 Tour of Vermont High Tunnels

 

Join University of Vermont Extension and NOFA-Vermont for a series of on-farm workshops highlighting the ways that Vermont farmers at various scales are using high tunnels and greenhouses to improve their farm operations.