Extend Your Growing Season With Hoop Houses
We're all well aware of how fickle Mother Nature can be in Central New York. Growing seasons can start late, end early and fall everywhere in between. While you can't control the weather you can control the growing environment with Hoop Houses or High Tunnels. Here's where how to learn more.
Cornell's Northeast Beginning Farmer's Project offers a six week course that will enable you to add weeks to the beginning and end of the growing season.
Adding weeks to either end of your growing season can mean attaining a premium for having products available well before (or long after) other local growers.
The course is taught through weekly webinars that you can watch on your own schedule from March 1 – April 3. Over the length of the program you'll learn:
How to do a basic site assessment and know when to bring in experts.
Improve or maintain soil health and fertility.
Select an appropriate structure for the site and climate.
Select and grow appropriate seasonal crops.
Employ pest control and trouble-shooting strategies.