High Tunnel Workshop & Tour, 9/26 & 28

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Raising produce in high tunnels (essentially a greenhouse heated only by the sun) offers many advantages over field production, but also adds to the complexity for growers. High tunnels can be used to extend the growing season and also gives farmers better control over growing conditions. Farmers and others who would like to learn more about them are invited to a two part learning opportunity.

Part one is an evening workshop on Thursday, September 26th at the NC Cooperative Extension office in Warrenton. The workshop starts at 4 p.m. with an outdoor demonstration showing the principles of high tunnel construction. Following the demonstration, there will be two classroom presentations addressing high tunnel management and funding options. Our special guest presenters include Dr. Sanjun Gu, Extension Specialist from NC A&T State University and Jerome Evans of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. A catered meal will be served.

Part two is a tour of local farms that have high tunnels in use. The tour will take place on Saturday, September 28th, and will feature stops at two farms (one in Franklin County, another in Vance). The tour will convene at 8 a.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension office in Warrenton, returning by 12:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided, and the first 20 registrants will have the option to ride in provided transportation.

Registration is required for these free events, and participants may register for one or both parts. The registration form is available online or register by phone at 252-257-3640. A flyer with all the details is available at this link.

This learning opportunity is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of AgCarolina Farm Credit.