Season Extension: Types and Construction
Learn how to build a variety of season extension structures, and discover construction techniques for specialized features. You will find high tunnel construction plans, hoop house design and other high tunnel farming information. In-depth information is available in these specialized subtopics:
Season Extension: Types and Construction: The Basics
A 17-chapter season extension manual covering commercial hoop house and high tunnel production of vegetables, berries and cut flowers. For purchase only.
Detailed information on hoop house or high tunnel construction, with specific considerations for West Virginia.
Season Extension: Types and Construction: Winter Storage
This University of Massachusetts website offers resources on winter vegetable crop storage, marketing and low-cost season extension through structures such as hoop houses and low tunnels.
Resources for farmers interested in on-farm winter storage options for season extension. Each resource offers a case study for a specific facility construction, and both outline important considerations for a winter storage facility.
Season Extension: Types and Construction: Other Design Considerations
This project compared winter production using four structures: EZ Build-n-Gro Cold Frames (Farmtek); cattle panel greenhouses; modified low tunnels; and standard small cold frames.
This project looked at increasing the productivity and cost effectiveness of growing more crops in a hoop house by utilizing the overhead space through innovative design.
This Iowa State University video/fact sheet describes how to build a system to catch, store and reuse the rainwater for high tunnel irrigation.
By testing a moveable hoop house that slides on rails, this project has the potential to extend the growing season to as many as 250 days, nearly double the current average of 140 days. Markets for the fruit and vegetables at new seasonal points will allow for greater production and profit.
The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.
Building a Passive Solar Greenhouse (a University of Missouri webpage with design specs and other information)
Greenhouse Site Selection (online article from Rodale Institute)
Hoop House How-To (a website of The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
Properties and Recommended Conditions for the Long-Term Storage of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (a University of California, Davis resource)
How to order
Availability varies by resource (many are accessible for free online). See individual resources for more information.