High Tunnels seminar planned

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Central Illinois Sustainable Farmer Network and U of I Extension Units 9, 12 & 13 will sponsor a workshop focusing on “Extending the Season Using High Tunnels” at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the U of I Extension office at 912 W. Seminary in Onarga. 

The day long workshop will appeal to both commercial and home gardeners who are interested in learning more about hoop houses.   University of Illinois student farm manager Zach Grant will lead off the presentations with his experiences at with season extension using hoop houses at the U of I student farm.  U of I Extension Educator James Theuri will then review options for pest management with high tunnels.  Bob Blain of Riverfront Berry Farm in Martinton will discuss his use of hoop houses at the berry farm.  Lunch will be served at 11:45. 

After lunch, Jeff Kanosky of Bork Nursery will review the use of hoop houses in their commercial operation.  Participants will also learn about opportunities for hoop houses through the USDA NRCS EQUIP high tunnel program.   Weather permitting, Jeff will lead a tour of a Bork Nurseries hoop house.

There is no cost for this program but reservations are requested at www.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or phone 217-333-7672.