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US (ME): Growers hope to weather the winter using hoop houses

Early this month, a moment of reckoning came for vegetable growers around Maine.

The maritime tropical air that had been over the state, sending daytime temperature into the 50s, was replaced by cold blasts from Canada and the Arctic. By Nov. 10, the temperature had plummeted into the teens and 20s.

It was like doomsday, said Kevin Leavitt, a farmer who grows 20 acres of greens, beans, corn and other vegetables in and around West Gardiner.

He worried the cold snap would kill many crops still planted outside, so he harvested as many of them as possible carrots, potatoes, squash and stored them in a freezer or a walk-in cooler. Not everything could be saved; a week later, several patches of dead broccoli and cabbage were starting to look droopy and discolored.

Like a growing number of Maine farmers, however, Leavitt left some of his crops spinach, lettuce and other greens in the ground, beneath the cover of a greenhouse. Barring disaster, he expects those crops to survive the slow march of winter, given the low-frill technologies that hes employed around his 8-year-old business, Farmer Kevs Organic.

Read more at Central Maine (Charles Eichacker)

Publication date: 11/21/2017

 


 

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