Wind tunnels or “hoop houses” can extend growing seasons by several weeks.
As of Wednesday, February 7, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Local gardeners, are you tired of long winters and short summers? Those tomatoes and watermelons aren’t ripening quickly enough? Would you like to extend your growing season?
Set aside some time for this Thursday, Feb. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will sponsor a presentation by Jared Everson on “High Tunnels, more commonly referred to locally as “hoop houses.”
Everson is a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will present at the NRCS office, 102 South Hall Street, Grangeville.
“We really want to offer some solutions for those who want to extend their growing seasons,” said GFM liaison and volunteer Cindy Lane.
Everson will discuss the seasonal high tunnel system for crops, specifically those installed under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, (EQIP).
The tunnel or hoop house system is a plastic covered structure that is used to cover crops (a garden) to extend the growing season. Unlike greenhouses, these systems are temporary structures.
Under EQIP, eligible participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices and activities. These are through NRCS which is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Through EQIP, a variety of hoop house kit sizes are available. Everson will be able to answer questions and explain how the systems operate – both technically and the government assistance program.
“GFM is so excited to offer this presentation to our market friends and the community,” Lane said. In coming months, she said, GFM hopes to offer a field trip to a property where a hoop house is being installed.
For questions, call Lane at 208-816-8489. Those attending the program Feb. 8 need simply show up. Light refreshments will be served.