Monthly Archives: December 2009

Update: More hoophouse resources

Our Winter Hoophouse Workshop led by Adam Montri is now available online! See the videos here:
Also, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a new pilot project under the ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative for farmers to establish hoop houses to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way. Interested farmers should sign up by January 15, 2010.Read more at

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Hoophouse workshop a hit

New Entry’s first Winter Growing and Hoophouse Workshop was a hands-down success, attracting 39 enthusiastic participants who left with a wealth of information about using hoophouses to grow vegetables in winter. The course was held at the Casey Family Services Conference Room in Lowell, and afterwards a group of participants carried on the conversation at New Entry’s offices down the street.
Adam Montri, a Michigan State University outreach specialist, led the workshop, presenting material and fielding questions on hoophouse site location, design, construction, cultivation and planting schedules, and a host of other topics related to winter production in hoophouses.
Participants took home resource packets. You can find more hoophouse resources online at Adam’s hoophouse blog (, a Kansas State site dedicated to hoophouses (, or the year-round cropping schedule PDF available here.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for our Quickbooks Training (January 20th) and our Farm Taxes workshop – email for details.
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Staring down old man winter

The New England winter is around the corner with its short days and cold temperatures – not the ideal conditions for growing vegetables.
So what?
New Entry is offering three winter skills workshops to help growers extend the season and keep busy until spring. The first is coming up in just two weeks:
Winter Growing and Hoophouse Workshop
with Adam Montri, Michigan State University
TIME: 9 am – 1 pm
LOCATION: Casey Family Services Conference Room (18 Palmer Street), Downtown Lowell, MA
Topics will include:
- Structure Options and Selection – which hoophouse is right for me?
- Site Selection and Preparation
- Crop Selection, Scheduling, Harvesting, and Pricing
- … And lots of Q&A and crop profitability discussion.
The course costs $15, checks made payable to: Community Teamwork. To register, please email
Adam Montri is an outreach specialist in the Horticulture Department at Michigan State University where he coordinates outreach efforts for the MSU Student Organic Farm focused on hoophouses/high tunnels and sustainable and organic production and marketing with both urban and rural farmers across the state of MI. Adam was one of the original student organic farmers while an undergraduate at MSU. He received his master’s degree in Horticulture from Penn State University where he focused on organic high tunnel tomato production. He and his wife, Dru, and daughter, Lydia, own Ten Hens Farm in Bath, MI. Check out Adam’s Hoophouse Blog here:
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