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Season Extension with High Tunnels online course starts March 1

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering Season Extension with High Tunnels as one of its online courses this season.

The six-week course runs from March 1 to April 3 under the tutelage of co-instructors:

  • Jud Reid, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program.
  • Crystal Stewart, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge you need to:

  • Complete a basic site assessment and know when to bring in experts to discuss site limitations
  • Make decisions to improve or maintain their soil health and fertility in the tunnel
  • Select an appropriate high tunnel structure for their site, climate, and production needs
  • Select and grow appropriate cold and/or warm season crops for the tunnel
  • Employ pest control and trouble-shooting strategies for high tunnels
  • Decide if high tunnels make economic, environmental, and social sense on the farm

Fee for this course is $250. Sign up a month or more in advance of the start date and receive $25 off. Sign up for three or more courses and received $50 off your total.

Read more and register.

Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars coming in February and March

From Betsy Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program:

Save the Dates!  We want to be on your calendars for the New Year!

We will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March.  The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:

  • Feb 2: Introduction to the project
  • Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to pest management
  • Feb 23: Vegetable crop production in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 2: Disease management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 9: Insect management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 16: Weed management in greenhouses and high tunnels, especially in winter production
  • Mar 23: How to write/use an IPM plan

Zoom information for each webinar will be coming soon.   All webinars will be recorded in case you can’t attend in person.

During the week of April 24 we will hold a training session in Geneva to follow up on these webinars. More information to follow on that, too.

We will advertise these programs broadly but if you want to be sure to be included in any future emails, please let me know:

Tomato production in high tunnels workshop Sept. 10

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High stakes: Tomato production in hoop houses

Hosted by Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Saturday September 10 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Extending the New York growing season with unheated greenhouses (also called high tunnels or hoop houses) is a growing technology with organic vegetable farmers. At this workshop led by one of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s vegetable specialists, we will discuss the production of tomatoes in high tunnels, strategies to manage soil and plant nutrient levels, tomato disease management, and other topics in Dilmun Hill’s new moveable high tunnel. All knowledge and experience levels are welcome.

More info.

NOFA-NY field day features high tunnels, July 14,

Long Term High Tunnel Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Tomato Production 

Thursday, July 14, 6:00–8:00pm
Location: Obercreek Farm, 59 Marlorville Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (Dutchess County)

Come and learn how to manage your high tunnel for longterm success by maintaining and improving soil health and fertility, controlling pests and disease, and ensuring profi table yields and excellent quality. We’ll dig into these topics with a focus on tomato production. Registration fees are $15/person or $25 for two or more people/farm. This event is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the NVFVI High Tunnel grant.

More information about this and other NOFA-NY field days.


High Tunnel Pest and Disease Management Field Day Aug. 2

How can you manage your tunnel to limit losses due to pests and disease? This free field day will start with identification of common high tunnel pests and diseases and effective organic control strategies, including spraying.

Andy Fellenz, with support from NE-SARE, has developed and will demonstrate a boom-style high tunnel sprayer, as well as discuss the proper use of backpack and other relatively low pressure, low flow single-tip sprayers. Variety selection, rotation, cultural practices and spraying all have a place in the overall farm strategy.

Fellenz Family Farm received its certification for growing organic vegetables and fruits in Phelps, NY in 2005, and has been growing in high tunnels for more than 10 years. The event is sponsored by NE-SARE through a Farmer Grant. The Cornell Vegetable Program is cooperating with Fellenz Family Farm to bring you this event.

Registration and more information.

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