Season Extension Utilizing High Tunnel Production
Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Wyoming Counties will host a workshop on High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00am-2:30pm at the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, 115 E. Main St., Allegany, NY with the afternoon session held at Canticle Farms CSA finishing up at 2:00PM.
High tunnels are low-cost, passive, solar greenhouses that use no fossil fuels for heating or venting and can provide many benefits to horticulture crop producers. A High Tunnel is a greenhouse-like structure which modifies the climate to create more favorable growing conditions for plants. Commercially available High Tunnels are on the market in numerous widths and lengths. Many warm-season (frost-sensitive) fruit and vegetable crops can be grown in a high tunnel.
This workshop will cover the advantages and disadvantages of high tunnels; tunnel selection, installation and management; plant recommendations and sources of information. Presenters will include Cornell University Staff and Growers currently using high tunnel production as part of their farming enterprise. Morning sessions will be inside followed by afternoon farm visit. Please dress for inclement weather as farm tour will be held rain or shine.
Enrollment will be limited and pre-registration is required by October 20th, 2009. There is a cost for the workshop which includes morning refreshments and course materials. Participants should bring a bag lunch. For more information, cost of sessions or to pre-register for this session, please contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext 18.
This session is available to the public and to the participants of the Beginning Farmer Course.
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- Pasture Management and Hay Quality Evaluation on October 20th in Arcade, NY