October 31, 2017
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Yarrow Hollow Farm
25 Denton Lake Rd
$20.00 per person
bring your own lunch, beverages provided
CCE Putnam County
Extending the Growing Season with High TunnelsOctober 31, 2017
You can extend your growing season with high tunnel greenhouses. Create an Integrated Pest Management Plan, rotating crops, grow alternatives to tomatoes, and manage diseases. Start growing earlier, and end your season later with a high tunnel greenhouse.
9:15 - 9:30 am
Sign in, get coffee, and get settled
9:30 - 10:00 am
Extending Growing Season & Farm Bill Programs: Oscar will cover the different types of high tunnels, permanent vs moveable, double layer vs single layer, rafter spacing, snow loads. He will also discuss Farm Bill program options to assist with the implementation of a high tunnel system and other practices that benefit crops and soil.
Oscar Velez-Juarbe, Resource Conservationist covering Dutchess, Putnam & Westchester Counties
10:00 - 10:30 am
Tomatoes and Cucumbers and Peppers, Oh My! Warm season crops thrive in high tunnels, even where summer temperatures are ideal. Amy will review how to grow some of the most profitable crops in high tunnels including tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. She will include pruning and training as well as disease problems growers should be aware of.
Amy Ivy has been an Extension Horticulture Educator for 30 years in the northeastern corner of the state. About 10 years ago her attention shifted from ornamental horticulture to commercial vegetable production in general, and protected culture in particular. She is currently a regional vegetable specialist with the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program which covers 17 counties along the east side of NYS from the Canadian border to Putnam County.
10:30 - 10:45 am
10:45 - 11:15 am
There's More to Tunnels than Tomatoes: While tomatoes are the most common high tunnel crop because they provide high returns, there's more to high tunnels than tomatoes. Jud will talk about using other crops as part of a crop rotation or timing them to utilize the high tunnel during cool seasons! Crop rotation is good for soil and pest management, and ideally provides a profitable net or the farmer. Which crops achieve these goals and how do we grow them?
Judson Reid spends his days working in high tunnels and his nights dreaming about them. This is because he operates one and worries about it flying away when the wind blows. Aside from this he is a Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest NY.
11:15 am - Noon
Creating an IPM Plan for High Tunnel Production: Integrated Pest Management uses a variety of methods to achieve efficient and effective pest management. Each plan is specific to the operation and based on your crops, facilities, production systems, and sometimes very individual factors. Learn how to think about your operation in terms of integrated pest management to create your own plan.
Betsy Lamb is the Coordinator for Ornamental IPM with the NYS Integrated Pest Management program. She works with greenhouse, nursery, and Christmas tree producers on IPM (but she sneaks in greenhouse and high tunnel vegetables, too).
Noon - 1:00 pm
BYO Brown Bag Lunch & Networking
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Yarrow Hollow Farm, Sarah Lucas. Tour the farm; see how Sarah has been using the high tunnels. Sarah grown food for the camp kitchen and offers and educational program as well for camp attendees and visitors.
Cost: $20 per person, bring your own lunch. Register online. For more information or help registering, contact Jen Stengle at 845-278-6738.
Brought to you by: New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County