April 2nd, 2012

More High-Tunnels!

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This spring we’ve been busy building four more new high-tunnels to grow tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers in.  When we’re finished we will have three 17’x96’ and six 17’x144’ high-tunnels on our farm, almost a half acre under cover.

Putting the top purlin on a new high-tunnel

A high-tunnel is an un-heated greenhouse built in the field for the purpose of season extension.  The crops we grow in them are planted directly in the ground, unlike typical “hot-house” style where plants are grown in sterile “soil-less media” and fed a diet of pre formulated chemical fertilizer.   We feel this gives the tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers a more vibrant flavor.

One great thing about high-tunnel production is the extended season.  We typically only harvest tomatoes from the field for about 3 to 6 weeks, but in the high-tunnels we can pick high-quality heirloom tomatoes from the first week of August until the end of October.

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Posted in: Farming, Harvest, News by Anton Burkett

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