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High tunnels are relatively low-cost growing structures that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and havebecome an increasingly common sight at farms in our region. With the growing consumer demand for organic and locally-grown fruits and vegetables, the crop protection and season extension afforded by high tunnel growing systems are especially sought-after for growers in the Midwest. Join our team of university faculty, researchers, and extension specialists for this special multi-site bus tour starting at the K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center (OHREC).

The tour at the OHREC will showcase the more than 20,000 ft2 of diverse high tunnel systems used in their vegetable trials, including caterpillar tunnels, three-season tunnels and movable tunnels. Next, we’ll have lunch and jump on the bus to visit nearby farms that are using high tunnels to successfully grow food for local markets. Faculty from K-State will outline the principles of on-farm food handling and provide information on new food safety regulations and FSMA. Mellowfields Farm and Gieringer’s Family Orchard have participated with K-State to do on-farm food safety assessments and will be able to discuss how they incorporate what they learned into their production systems. This is a great opportunity for beginning and established growers alike to “get into the weeds” on high tunnel production, get answers from experienced growers, and observe best practices in person.

10:00 am Tour of the OHREC High Tunnel Research Trials, with Dr. Cary Rivard, Extension Specialist
11:30 am Lunch at the Research Center
1:00 pm Tour of Mellowfields Farm, Lawrence, KS with Jessi Asmussen, Owner and Farmer
2:30 pm Tour of Gieringer’s Family Orchard, Edgerton, KS with Frank Gieringer, Owner and Farmer
4:00 pm Return to K-State OHREC and Adjourn

This workshop is being brought to you by the Growing Growers program. Cost to attend this workshop is $15.
Lunch and transportation between sites will be provided. Register in advance online.
Contact growers@ksu.edu for more info.

Registration: Register ONLINE