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Small Business Innovation Research Grant Awarded to Scenic Valley Farms

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:01:56 +0000

Scenic Valley Farms is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the USDA to research and develop the Environmental Management System, an automated climate control system for high tunnels.  The first of its kind system relays environmental data collected by sensors to a control unit, which then interfaces wirelessly with a […]

Growing Organic Blackberries Field Day

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:46:19 +0000

Scenic Valley Farms is hosting a field day on September 10th from 1-5 p.m. for anyone interested in learning about growing blackberries in high tunnels.  We recently completed a grant project funded the Minnesota Department of Agriculture that researched methods of overwintering floricane blackberries.  The project eventually determined that commercially grown blackberries can be successfully […]

Tomato Yields Exceed Expectations

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:39:43 +0000

Despite a slow start, the tomato yields in our high tunnels have exceeded expectations.  Since the end of July, we have harvested approximately 800 pounds of grade A tomatoes per week, with the totals fairly evenly divided between the two high tunnels.  Based on previous work done at area research centers, we initially expected to […]

Harvest Season in Full Swing

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:03:02 +0000

During the first week of July, we began harvesting tomatoes, blackberries, and raspberries from our high tunnels. The berries and tomatoes were stubbornly refusing to ripen during the last half of June, but some selective pruning, combined with warmer temperatures, quickly gave them a vibrant color and taste. Despite the delayed harvest, our tomatoes still […]


Thu, 16 Jun 2011 19:29:50 +0000

Decreasing irrigation levels seems to promote flowering of tomato plants.  Jesse Downs, the Farm Manager in Readstown, conducted an experiment during the month of May with tomato varieties growing in two different high tunnels.  The plants in one high tunnel remained on a normal watering cycle while those in another high tunnel only received water […]

Cornell High Tunnel Blog

Too much snow?

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

The Cornell Vegetable Program website offers these timely resources: 10 Snow-Related Causes of Greenhouse Failure Reduce Storm Damage to Your Greenhouses Salvaging Your Greenhouse After a Heavy Snow Storm

Tomato nutrients linked to pH, phosphorus management

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

“As irrigation water is often high in pH and bicarbonate, high tunnel soils generally climb the pH scale without precipitation to leach through the profile,” Jud Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program, told Vegetable Grower News. “The result of is lower nutrient levels in the plant foliage, ultimately decreasing vigor and yield. Manganese (Mn) deficiency is often […]

Season Extension with High Tunnels online course starts March 1

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project is offering Season Extension with High Tunnels as one of its online courses this season. The six-week course runs from March 1 to April 3 under the tutelage of co-instructors: Jud Reid, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program. Crystal Stewart, regional vegetable specialist with the CCE Eastern […]

Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars coming in February and March

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

From Betsy Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program: Save the Dates!  We want to be on your calendars for the New Year! We will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March.  The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed […]

Video: High tunnel at Dilmun Hill Student Farm rolls on rails

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

This high tunnel at Cornell University’s Dilmun Hill Student Farm was built on rails to allow easy movement between two growing areas.

Tomato production in high tunnels workshop Sept. 10

21 Nov 2017 23:02:38 Z

High stakes: Tomato production in hoop houses Hosted by Dilmun Hill Student Organic Farm, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday September 10 at 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Extending the New York growing season with unheated greenhouses (also called high tunnels or hoop houses) is a growing technology with organic vegetable farmers. At this workshop led […]

Sustainable Ag and Clean Energy News
Extending Minnesota's Growing Season
Minnesota Public Radio, July 2, 2008

High Tunnels Stretch Season for Fergus Falls Pair
Minnesota Public Radio, January 9, 2010

High Tunnel Craze Feeds Farmers' Markets
University of Minnesota Extension, Fall 2007

Entrepreneurs Keep the Local Food Movement Hot

Business Week, December 18, 2009

Selling Agriculture 2.0 to Silicon Valley

New York Times, April 22, 2010

The White House Winter Garden

The New York Times, December 16, 2009

High Tunnel Use Expanding Throughout the World
Environmental Solutions, February 15, 2010

The Harvest Goes Into Overtime
The New York Times, December 9, 2007
Southwest Renewable Energy a blog of RENEW Wisconsin - December 7, 2010

Scenic Valley Farms installs solar thermal high tunnel