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:
A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Season Extension: An Overview: Nurseries
These fact sheets discuss alternative containers, marketing and crop selection, alternatives to synthetic herbicides and integrated pest management in commercial nursery plant production.
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.
The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.
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)
How to order
Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.