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New High Tunnel funded through a $4,900 Grant Will Allow for Winter CSA

Posted 5/10/2010 10:27am by Jacob and Katie Mullane-Bach.

Last month we applied for a grant offered by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the USDA that helps cover the cost of the purchase of a high-tunnel or hoop house.  Before we were approved for the grant, we purchased a used 72’ x 30’ high-tunnel.  Thankfully, we were funded! Unfortunately, the grant only covers the purchase of new high-tunnels sold in kits. We are now buying a new 72’ x 30’ high-tunnel and will connect the used with the new to add a 144’ x 30’ high-tunnel to the 144’ x 20’ & 30’ x 48’ high-tunnels already in use on the farm totaling 7500sq ft.   This huge addition to season extension space will improve our winter offerings greatly. We will be justifying your money allocated to us by the government by offering a winter CSA this year. We’ll also be eating a lot more fresh greens in December!  The farm we interned at 3 years ago made extensive use of their two high-tunnels for a “four-season harvest”. Using passive solar heated high and low tunnels for season extension allow for the harvest of kale, collards, salad greens, spinach, carrots, bok choy, kohlrabi, etc.  The farm we interned at two years ago did not use high-tunnels for season extension, but they still offered a winter CSA with root crops, onions, hardy brassicas and sprouts.  We lived and/or worked at both these farms throughout the entirety of winter and were able to gain experience in winter share distribution. We are excited about the possibilities!!