Category Archives: High Tunnel

PMRA releases guidelines on pesticide use in high tunnels

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has released a document “Information Note Regarding Pesticide Use in High Tunnels“.

The document provides guidelines on Best Practices for pesticide use in high tunnels, covering integrated pest management, how to minimize phytotoxicity and worker exposure risks, and how to avoid environmental exposure.

At just over 3 pages (pdf format), it’s a quick read, with some meaningful information.

Field Vegetable Pest Management highlighted at 2013 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

During the Field Vegetable sessions at the 2013 OFVC on February 20 and 21st, several speakers will be discussing pest management for various vegetable crops. Continue reading Field Vegetable Pest Management highlighted at 2013 Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention

High tunnel/season extension workshops in Michigan

MSU Student Organic Farm 2011 Workshops — Dates and Topics:

  • Monday, May 16 : Hoophouse Structures and Warm Season Crops
  • Monday, June 27: Drip Irrigation for Hoophouse and Field Production
  • Monday, August 15: Marketing Options for Year-Round Vegetables
  • Monday, September 12: Hoophouse Cropping for Winter Harvests

Where:            Michigan State University Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Rd, Holt, MI 48842

When:              All workshops are from 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Cost:                Workshops are $40 each or $125 for all four

Spaces are limited and reserved for commercial farmers.  Visit to register or email

Greenhouse (High Tunnel) Season Extension Course

Greenhouse Season Extension with Adam Montri
Presented by the Ecological Farmers of Ontario
February 21st (Monday) – Kingston – 10 am to 3 pm
February 22nd (Tuesday)- Guelph – 10 am to 3 pm

The day will include:

  • Options, Options, Options: Hoophouse options including size, automation, and other pre-building decisions for warm and cool season crops
  • Before You Build: Site prep, orientation, and additional construction options
  • Cropping: Crop selection, timing, and scheduling for warm and cool season crops
  • How to Make it Pay: Yields, harvesting and marketing – including the economics
  • To Add or Not to Add: Thoughts of when to add more high tunnels

Adam Montri is an outreach specialist with the Student Organic Farm in the Michigan State University Department of Horticulture. He works with farmers in rural and urban areas throughout North America using hoophouses/hightunnels for year-round farming. He and his wife, Dru, and daughter, Lydia, own and operate Ten Hens Farm, a year-round farm, in Bath, MI.

Cost $40 for EFO members/$50 for non members. Lunch included. Please register for either session with the EFO office, 519 822 -8606, 1 877-822-8606 or

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Four season high tunnel vegetable production workshop in Ohio

If interested, you’ll want to register today for the Ohio “Four Season High Tunnel Vegetable Production” Workshop. The program will be held 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Dutch Heritage Restaurant (720 State Route 97 West) in Bellville, Ohio (at exit 165 on I-71, 45 minutes north of Columbus).

The program will emphasize principles and practices for using high tunnels effectively, especially year-round. Whether they use high tunnels primarily to lengthen main-season growing and marketing periods or also to supply product for increasing markets through the fall and winter, all growers stand to benefit from this program. Continue reading Four season high tunnel vegetable production workshop in Ohio

High tunnel and season extension webinars: recorded versions now online

OMAFRA participated with the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group in providing a series of webinars on high tunnels and season extension for vegetable crops.  If you were unable to participate interactively in the live webinars, you can view the recordings of the webinars online.  Visit for links to the recordings and to the handouts.  You can also see the agenda for each session.  This is also handy for those who participated and want to review some of the content.

Season Extension & High Tunnel Webinars – host sites update

For those without high speed internet access, two host sites have been set up in Ontario.

Ridgetown Campus – University of Guelph

Nov. 1, 3, 8 (6:30 pm)

RDC Pioneer Theatre

120 Main St. E.

Ridgetown, Ontario


Nov. 16 (1:00 pm)

Agronomy 127

120 Main St. E.

Ridgetown, Ontario

Kemptville OMAFRA Office

Map –

59 Ministry Rd,

Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Note that you must preregister to attend these locations.  The locations will only be active if we have registrations for that date/location. Continue reading Season Extension & High Tunnel Webinars – host sites update

Upcoming high tunnel twilight tour and meeting in Western Michigan

From the Michigan Vegetable Crops Advisory Team, Eric Hanson, Horticulture

The High Tunnel Twilight Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Interested in the use of high tunnels for fruit, vegetable, or flower production? Join us for a tour and discussion of tunnel research at the SWMREC a MSU facility. Continue reading Upcoming high tunnel twilight tour and meeting in Western Michigan