Basics of Construction and Crop Production for High Tunnels

High Tunnels allow growers to extend the growing season and increase profitability.  If you are interested in learning more about building high tunnels and using them in crop production, please join Clemson University for a more in depth look at the opportunities high tunnels can provide.

In the afternoon on October 25th we will tour working high tunnels at the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center and see over 20 varieties of plants currently in production there.  Clemson Extension agent Zack Snipes will be on hand to lead the tour and answer questions. 

The following day October 26th we will meet at beautiful Middleton Place for a day-long training event. We will spend the morning in a hands-on session constructing a high tunnel at the Middleton Place Organic Farm.  After lunch prepared by Middleton Place (included) we will convene in the classroom at Middleton Pavilion to learn from experts on alternatives building methods for high tunnel construction, high tunnel production and planning, and cost-share programs. Please see detailed agenda below. Participants who do not wish to participate in the hands on portion of this training are welcome to attend just the afternoon sessions. Please arrive for lunch.

This training is made possible with the support of Lowcountry Local First, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the SC Natural Resource Conservation Service, Clemson Extension, and the Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program.

AGENDA

Tuesday Oct 25th 
Clemson Research Farm – 2869 Savannah Highway

(Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/b76VsPJB4vn.  Meet and park at the White building at the entrance)

3:00- 5:00pm

Tour of CREC High Tunnels (Zack Snipes, Clemson Extension)

Wednesday Oct. 26th 
Middleton Place USDA Certified Organic Garden

(Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/7d7yZ8PdB842)

8:30 – 12:30

Hands on High Tunnel Construction using Do-it-Yourself  plans for building a 100′ X 20′ mobile high tunnel (James Walawender,  Farm Manager)

12:30 – 1:30

Meet for lunch and introductions (lunch provided by Middleton Place)

1:30 – 2:45

Production, planning and using high tunnels in horticultural crop production (Gena Moore, CFSA)

2:45 – 3:30

NRCS programs for High Tunnel Growers (Lori Bataller, NRCS)

3:30 – 4:00

Questions/Discussion

4:00  pm

Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION

Workshop registration fee is $15.  The hands-on portion on Wednesday is optional.  The fee covers training materials and lunch at Middleton Place.  Please register SOON! You can register here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2163&SINGLESTORE=true

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