by Stephen Nix, CFSA’s SC Food Systems Coordinator
Photo by Stephen Nix.
Believe it or not, colder weather is right around (almost) the corner. Most of us have experienced temperatures in the 90s (if not higher) for at least the last month, but August is here and the official ‘dog days’ of summer are upon us. August marks the time when many farmers begin transitioning to fall crops and while the cooler weather will become a welcome respite from this Summer’s heat, the last thing on our minds right now is the cold(er) winter ahead. However, it is never too early to start planning for cold-hardy crops and overwintering to provide a continuous supply of fresh vegetables throughout winter and to get an early start next spring. Learn More
by Gena Moore, CFSA’s Organic Research Coordinator
I’m sure you’ve heard that no two snowflakes are the alike. The same can be said for high tunnels. The fact that all high tunnels are different makes determining planting dates difficult for many growers. Accepting general planting date recommendations can be a risk when working in high tunnels and risk taking in agriculture is, well, risky. Although determining planting dates for high tunnel production can be challenging, if you get to know your tunnel, you can minimize your risk.
High tunnels can be a profitable addition to many farms. With high tunnels you can start growing sooner, shorten days to harvest, and extend the harvest season into the winter months.
Although high tunnels offer new opportunities, efficient and sustainable management can be difficult to achieve. CFSA now has a technical service provider on staff who can help you find success growing in a high tunnel.
This season, CFSA asks about greenhouses, new seed varieties and winter growing tips Learn More
by Pat Battle, Sparkling Earth Farm Learn More