Improving Greenhouse Energy Efficiency

Thursday March 15, 3-6 pm.
Walker Farm, Dummerston VT

Walker Farm greenhouses

Join John Bartok, greenhouse engineer, and Jack Manix, owner of Walker Farm, as they describe the process and results of a recent greenhouse energy audit on this highly diversified horticulture operation.

The farm has 20 greenhouses and tunnels of various sizes and shapes, growing a variety of ornamental and vegetable crops using a variety of heating systems. We will see everything from a large permanent greenhouse with a thermal blanket for conservation and automated environmental controls to a smaller poly tunnel with a corn furnace using local fuel to offset propane use. Jack will also describe his systems for efficient materials handling such as an automatic pot and tray filler and seeders. John has been conducting greenhouse energy audits all across New England, many with support from USDA programs that growers have signed up for aimed at improving their energy efficiency.

Directions. Traveling South: Take I-91 Exit 4. Turn left at the end of the ramp to go south on Route 5 about 4 miles. The farm is on the left. Traveling North: Take I-91 Exit 3.  Go three-quarters of the way around the rotary and then 4 miles north on Route 5, the farm is on the right.

Questions?  Vern Grubinger 802-257-7967 x303 

Sponsored by: University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and the Risk Management Agency, which provides sound risk management solutions for farmers, see: www.rma.usda.gov.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let our office know as soon as possible prior to the event so we may assist you.

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