Sturbridge, MA – Last Friday, CSA Coordinator Matthew Himmel and New Entry farmers, Mr. Kim, Addison, and his two daughters attended a seminar entitled, “Alternative Crops for Greenhouses and High Tunnels.” This class was put on with the collaboration of UMass Extension, UConn Extension, and Northeast SARE. This class showed that the short, New England growing season can be extended with the use of hoop houses and covered row crops. Crops such as brassicas (kale, collard greens, broccoli), carrots, leeks, and salad greens (arugula, mache, and baby greens) can easily be grown in these conditions.
New Entry is exploring season extension and plans to teach a related course in the near future for its farmers as well as those in the community. Keep checking back for updates!