US: Rimol delivers Rolling Thunder greenhouse to West Tawakoni, Texas

On Thursday, July 4th, while most Americans were either busy grilling burgers or watching fireworks, Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic were hard at work planting seeds in their new Rimol Greenhouse Systems’ Rolling Thunder at their farm in West Tawakoni, Texas.

“We knew we had to choose a Rimol high tunnel because we had read so many successful Rolling Thunder stories on the University of Kansas’ list server (mailing list),” Martin, co-owner of Barking Cat Farm, said. “This will be our very first time planting in our new greenhouse. It will be an experience to see how growing in a high tunnel during the Summer works in Texas.”

Martin’s and Bostic’s greenhouse is a 30 x 72 Rolling Thunder. Rimol Greenhouse Systems’ Rolling Thunders are moveable high tunnels which are designed for year-round organic growing. Growers can easily move their greenhouse by sliding its wheels across two different growing fields. Martin says she plans on planting tomatoes, strawberries, and cucumbers in her high tunnel and will use Rimol Greenhouse Systems’ shade cloths to cool the plants over the Summer.

“John Wells (from Sales) was a tremendous help. He was always available to answer questions and helped us pick out a location,” Martin said. “We’re anxious to see just how much we’re able to extend our growing season with our new greenhouse.”

Barking Cat Farm is Rimol Greenhouse Systems’ first delivery to the ‘Lone Star State’ since Texas officials decided to adopt the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) greenhouse program last fall. As part of the initiative, small or inexperienced farmers can apply to the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program and receive finance opportunities for a high tunnel greenhouse.

“There’s a huge need for local food markets in this area and not a lot of diverse vegetable growers,” Martin said. “We hope to continue growing in more Rolling Thunders in the future.”

To learn more about Rimol Greenhouse Systems’, visit http://www.rimolgreenhouses.com.


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