Growers' Series: High Tunnel Soil Health and Maintenance
Functioning Efficiently and Effectively
The Penn State Extension Growers’ Series is a free/donation-based, monthly educational workshop series (October-May) that highlights Philadelphia-based growers implementing innovative, sustainable agricultural practices in their production spaces and their communities. Held in various locations across the city, each workshop is hosted in partnership with and led by Philadelphia-based grower(s). Workshops feature a combination of formal instruction, interactive activity, and discussion and program participants are encouraged to actively contribute. Be prepared to get your hands (and shoes) dirty and come ready to brave the elements!
High tunnels are a unique environment, with different management practices compared to outdoor growing. They offer protection from the elements and opportunity for a more controlled growing environment, but also come with challenges. In this Growers Series workshop*, Nykisha Madison-Keita UTC Farm Manager, will share some of the challenges and opportunities of growing in and maintaining high tunnels at UTC’s Neighborhood Foods Farm where she manages food production in 3 high tunnels onsite.
*This event is weather dependent, so keep an eye on the weather on days leading up to the workshop. If the workshop is rescheduled, registrants will be notified the night before via the email address provided at point of registration. The rain date for this workshop is Wednesday, November 21st from 1p-3p.
Growers interested in learning more about plasticulture, high tunnel production, and growing in a controlled environment
Participants will learn about soil health in high tunnels, best management practices for building soil health, and tips and tools for maintaining a functional high tunnel structure. Through hands-on skill building, participants will learn how to remove high tunnel plastic, fix rollup high tunnel sides, and winterize a high tunnel.
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Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., Kathy Kelley, Ph.D., Phyllis Lamont