Protected Growing With High Tunnels in a Changing Climate

Joe's Brook Farm, 1525 Joe's Brook Rd., St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
$40 for members; $50 for non-members; free for BIPOC*
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Hannah Sporn, NOFA-VT Events Coordinator
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two farmer faces peeking out of lush tomato plants in a high tunnel on Joe's Brook Farm

In our changing climate, many farms are considering or utilizing protected growing spaces to have more control over aspects like temperature and water. Commercial growers, learn about siting a new high tunnel and the management of water, heat, and wind for new and existing structures. Take a tour of and learn about the greenhouses at Joe’s Brook Farm. Owner Eric Skovsted will showcase their heating, venting, irrigation, and other infrastructure considerations. UVM Extension’s Joshua Faulkner will discuss water management related to high tunnels, including planning to account for site hydrology and addressing drainage around new and existing structures. UVM Extension’s Chris Callahan will address extreme weather, like how to mitigate against wind storms. This workshop earns one RAP Agricultural Water Quality education credit.

What to Bring:

Comfortable shoes, long pants, hat, sunscreen


*We aim to keep our event prices low, but if registration is a barrier, please reach out about scholarships. NOFA-VT offers the option of free registration to anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC) in an effort to actively work toward dismantling systems of racism that have historically disadvantaged BIPOC and continue to do so today. Learn more.

Additionally, members of NOFA-VT may attend workshops at a discounted rate. Those with farm-level memberships, business-level memberships, or friends of NOFA memberships may enroll up to four participants at the discounted rate. Learn more about membership.

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