US (NY): Cornell-sponsored High Tunnel School in Batavia

Get your veggies to market when demand for local produce is high — as well as prices. High tunnels, aka hoop houses, are freestanding, low-cost alternatives to greenhouses. Though unheated, they trap enough solar energy to grow hardy crops throughout the winter, helping you keep revenues up 12 months a year.

Whether you’re an established grower or a newbie, there’s lots to hear and see at this Cornell-sponsored High Tunnel School in Batavia, NY (CCE Genesee County) on Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5, 2013. Address: 420 East Main, Batavia, NY.

What you’ll learn? Which pests — think aphids, slugs, and cabbageworms — find high tunnels a great winter vacation spot and how to biological controls and biorational pesticides could help you deal with them. What to look for when choosing a high tunnel, and how to site it. How to design sustainable, holistic growing systems. As always, experienced growers and knowledgeable researchers have lots to offer, and a tour on the 4th provides boots-on-the-ground learning opportunities.

NRCS-cooperating farms are especially encouraged to attend; recertification credits are available. Note that registration is handled through CCE Yates County. Got questions? Call +1 315 536 5123.

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