Saturday, December 5, 2009

High Tunnel Workshop on Monday

“Is a High Tunnel Right for My Operation” is the topic of a workshop set for 9 to noon on Monday, December 7, at the Mount Vernon Research and Education Center, 14548 Highway H. The first of a series of workshops on high tunnel technology, the workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop on December 7 will examine the costs and benefits of high tunnel production with an emphasis on growing tomatoes and raspberries.

Hmong translation will be provided. Future workshops will be held on equipment and installation, spring high tunnel management and fall high tunnel management. High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, are large plastic-covered structures in which crops are grown directly in the ground. The tunnels are primarily used in our area to extend growing seasons. They can be heated or unheated.

Workshop presenters include Andy Read based in Rolla, Patrick Byers in Springfield and Jay Chism in Lamar, all with University of Missouri Extension. Tim Green and Hector Troyer from the Webb City Farmers Market will share their experiences with high tunnels.

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and the Webb City, Joplin, Neosho, Monett and Pittsburg Farmers Markets. It is funded by a grant from the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

For information or to register, call 417 483-8139.