Greenhouse and High Tunnel Innovation On-Farm Workshop

Thursday, July 15, 2010 from 5 - 7pm
High Meadows Farm, Westminster West, VT



Howard and Lisa and Lisa Prussack operate High Meadows Farm in Westminster West, Vermont, one of the first farms to become certified organic in the state. They have 65 acres of fields that are mostly in hay with 6 acres in storage crops like winter squashes, garlic and onions and cover crops for rotation. Their primary business is wholesale organic greenhouse-grown herbs and ornamentals, althoough they also grow high tunnel raspberries and tomatoes.

The farm tour will show these crops as well as their new Harnois 40 x100 ft natural ventilated house with a heating system focused on the root zone on a rolling bench system and an Igrow computer that integrates the heating and cooling systems automatically and shows cost of operating the system on a hourly basis; an aqua mat system for watering the benches and a new spring development project with NRCS that provides a 4500 gal water storage system for the greenhouses and fields, all gravity fed.

The meeting is sponsored by the VT Vegetable and Berry Growers Assn and UVM Extension; it is free and open to all commercial growers.

Directions: From exit 4 off I-91 head north to center of Putney and go left on the Westminster West rd for 4 1/2 miles. The farm is on the right.

From Exit 5 of I-91, turn east on Rt. 5 then take Westminster Heights Road soon on the right; it becomes Kurn Hatin Rd then becomes Patch Rd, follow that until it intersects with Westminster West Rd and take a left. The farm is about 1 and 1/4 miles on your left. You can map quest the farm at 742 Westminster West Rd.

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

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