A New Opportunity

Heated by solar thermal technology and managed by an innovative climate control system, our high tunnels generate strong financial and social returns. They increase the quality and quantity of produce yields, create a year round growing season, help meet the demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables, generate quality jobs in rural communities and reduce carbon emissions. 

Numerous market trends point to a new direction in how we produce our food and generate our energy.  The innovative investing and partnering models developed by our company responds to those trends and provides a way for individuals and organizations to get involved.

Sustainable High Tunnel Agriculture merged with Renewable Energy (SHARE-d)

Sustainable High Tunnel Agriculture merged with Renewable Energy (SHARE-d) comprises four main technologies: high tunnels, solar thermal heating, small wind turbines, and the Environmental Management System (EMS).

High tunnels are a hybrid of open field and greenhouse production. They are non-permanent structures similar in appearance to greenhouses but significantly less expensive. The tunnels are constructed with horizontally supported metal hoops, covered with heat retaining, light dispersing, anti-drip plastic. The crops are planted in the ground which means the produce maintains that distinct field grown flavor and quality.  And a drip irrigation system provides the optimal level of water and natural fertilizers at the base of each plant.

The EMS is an inexpensive, computerized climate control system that allows the grower to monitor, manage and automate the high tunnel growing environment from any internet accessible PC or Smartphone.

The solar thermal heating system extends the growing season for crops such as tomatoes and peppers and provides winter protection for leafy green produce.  It does this by storing solar heated air below ground and releasing the energy when necessary.

Small wind energy is the final piece of the puzzle. The turbine supplies all the necessary electricity for the high tunnel circulation, airflow management, and irrigation processes. The excess electricity is net-metered (sold back to the utility) at retail rates. Additional federal, state, and utility incentives offset the cost of the turbine even more.