Thursday, January 27, 2011

Organic High Tunnel Winter Vegetable Production

High tunnels are plastic-covered, solar greenhouses
University of Missouri Photo
This is a session you should attend if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities that high tunnels create for winter vegetable production.

When: Tuesday, February 1st, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: Divide Creek Farm 10031 County Road 311, Silt, CO 81652

The Colorado State University Specialty Crops Program will present a program at Divide Creek Farm on organic winter vegetable production in high tunnels. High tunnels provide a protected environment which can significantly extend the growing and harvest season of a farming operation. With the proper selection of hardy crops, additional protection from floating row covers and successive plantings, year round harvests are possible. Winter production also offers the opportunity to increase profitability due to their low initial investment, remain employed on the farm throughout the winter while maintaining a local market presence.

This field day will deal with previous research conducted at CSU as well as initial results from a current Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education funded research project dealing with winter vegetable production in high tunnels throughout Colorado. The focus will be on the production of 5 crops: carrots, mache, spinach, radish, and lettuce. This program will address other issues such as design considerations and management strategies.

There will be a farm tour of Divide Creek Farm, which employs movable high tunnels for a highly intensive year round production. There will also be time for questions and answers with Dr. Frank Stonaker and current organic producers who are utilizing high tunnels for winter vegetable production. There will be some small snacks but no lunch so come full and ready to learn. No need to RSVP.

For any questions please contact: Dr. Frank Stonaker; Email:; Phone: (970)491-7068

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