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Rural landowners interested in raising high value crops for the local markets will be interested in attending a workshop on High Tunnel Greenhouses, offered by WSU Extension Clark County. A high tunnel greenhouse is a farm built, plastic-covered hoop house that is naturally ventilated by rolling up the sides or opening the doors. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, and raspberries are grown in the ground underneath the cover of the high tunnel. Tunnels are typically tall enough that farmers can drive their tractors beneath them. Drip irrigation lines are laid within the crop rows to keep the plants growing through the summer.

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When Nov 02, 2012
from 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Where Vancouver, WA
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Contact Phone 360 397 6060 ext. 5107
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Rural landowners interested in raising high value crops for the local markets will be interested in attending a workshop on High Tunnel Greenhouses, offered by WSU Extension Clark County. A high tunnel greenhouse is a farm built, plastic-covered hoop house that is naturally ventilated by rolling up the sides or opening the doors. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, and raspberries are grown in the ground underneath the cover of the high tunnel. Tunnels are typically tall enough that farmers can drive their tractors beneath them. Drip irrigation lines are laid within the crop rows to keep the plants growing through the summer.   

High tunnels are designed to extend the growing season both in the spring and the fall. Crops will grow faster in the spring when the air and soil temperatures are cooler. Vegetable farmers report that their crops often mature two weeks earlier.   In the fall high tunnels will protect crops from early rains that that result in plant diseases and can reduce yield.

Washington State University has been conducting research trials looking at the different components of a successful high tunnel operation. Dr. Carol Miles, formerly in Vancouver, will describe her work with biodegradable mulches and cultivar selection.

Anitra Gorhum with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Brush Prairie will describe how farmers can apply for Federal grant funds that will cover the cost of establishing a new greenhouse.

Chris Gunterman, a leading Northwest greenhouse consultant, will describe all the different tunnels available on the market.

After lunch participants will travel to Ridgefield where a five acre farm has six high tunnels. Produce from this farm goes to the specialty grocery stores in Portland Oregon, and is sold as certified organic.

This class has a registration fee of $30 per person which covers refreshments, lunch, and handouts. Register on-line at https://ocrs.wsu.edu/Signup/?eventid=860

The meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall, 4607 NE Saint James Road, Vancouver, WA 98663. It will start at 9 am and end at 3:00 pm.  

For further information call Charles Brun, WSU Horticulture Advisor at 360 397-6060, Ext. 5701, or e-mail at: brunc@wsu.edu,  or Erika Johnson, Coordinator, at 360 397-6060, Ext. 5738, or e-mail at Erika.d.johson@wsu.edu          

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