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NOFA-NJ High Tunnel Building Workshop (Virtual)

December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

With the NRCS EQIP deadline fast approaching on November 20, 2020 and the cold weather setting in, building a high tunnel is top of mind for many in our local community.  We have seen many in our farming community successfully extending the season and producing difficult to manage niche crops with high tunnels. But what’s it like to apply for a contract, order the supplies and build a high tunnel?

Please join Nagisa Manabe (NOFA-NJ’s Executive Director) and Oscar Schofield at their small farm in Kingston (River Stoan Farm), Jill Ott of NRCS, and Matt Hand of Rimol Systems to learn more and participate in our last virtual field day of the season.

Collectively, they will share their experience: 1) Applying for an EQIP contract; 2) Seeking Local approvals (seeking Historic Commission support, confirming building permit exceptions, and obtaining zoning permits); 3) Identifying a builder; 4) Getting delivery of the high tunnel and materials;and 5) Construction. We’ll share a video with John Klein, of the Sunworks Corporation, who has building Greenhouses (large and small) for 58 years.

Then when you finally have a high tunnel, you may ask, what to grow?  Meredith Melendez and Jess Niederer have already created a great YouTube Video as part of the Rutgers Ultra Niche Crops series, and we will also share many more resources so you can learn about new strategies for high tunnels all winter long! 

Please Register, $10 for members, $20 for Non-Members.