Learn to Grow in a High Tunnel
The Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a high tunnel production series of classes. A high tunnel is a non-heated greenhouse structure where crops can be grown year round in the soil. Growing crops under a high tunnel greenhouse offers several advantages to growers that include season extension, less disease and insect pressure and a higher quality product. The five-week class series will start on September 23rd and continue each Tuesday through October 28th at the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) building in Marble. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m. and classes will last 1-3 hours depending on topic and questions. There will also be some visits to a high tunnel for demonstrations. Topics covered in the training will be:
September 23rd High Tunnels, what are they, types, where to put it and how to get one.
September 30th What to grow and when to plant it.
October 7th Managing soils and fertility in a high tunnel.
October 14th Pest management in a high tunnel.
October 21st Marketing what you have grown.
We will discuss the steps for a grower to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. The initiative is offered under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and funding availability is to be available soon for eligible applicants.
You won’t want to miss this! Class size will be limited, so please call to reserve your seat. Registration fee for all five classes will be $25 or $10 per class if you just want to attend one or two classes. Registration fees will be collected before each class or you can send it in advance. To register for this training or for more information and directions, contact Keith Wood at the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Center 837-2210.