Farmer Education Workshop: Extending the Season – High Tunnels 101

Are you interested in learning more about growing crops during the colder months?

Join Christina Newhouse from Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council as she discusses season extension.

In this informative workshop, you will learn how to extend your growing and marketing seasons while making more money. 
We will start in the classroom, discussing cover crop protection, varietal selection, and construction of the various types of hoop houses.  Then we will tour SAHC’s Farmer Incubator Program season extension infrastructure to see some of the techniques discussed. This workshop is open to the public; everyone is welcome! Cost: $20

For questions or additional info, contact Chris Link at or 828.490.2565.

2017 Extending the Season: High Tunnels 101 Workshop Registration

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This workshop is part of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s Farmer Education Workshop Series, funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This work is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant number 2016-70017-25341  (Farm Pathways: Integrating Farmer Training with Land Access) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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puttingupgreenhousesIf you have ever visited a nursery or a commercial farm, you have probably seen large “hoop houses” stretching out sometimes as far as the eye can see. Without these structures, farmers would be limited to growing only during the warm season, thus drastically cutting their production. These season extension devices can range from an unheated plastic covered tunnel too small to walk through, up to engineered glass buildings with automatic venting and precise temperature control. The main objective, however, is the same: to allow the propagation and growing of plants during the colder months of the year. Read more


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