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High Tunnels in the High Desert: Preliminary Results
Transcript of High Tunnels in the High Desert: Preliminary Results
How are farmers in Northern Nevada
are using high tunnels?
The climate of High Tunnels
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Why farmers invest
in high tunnels?
Increase yields to sell
3 Farmers: Yes
2 Farmers: No
4 Farmers: Low
1 Farmers: High (due to labor)
recommend high tunnels?
Timing when to open/close or add/remove cover
Northern Nevada farmers are growing...
various green varieties
Pretty good for the high desert!
In Paviolion C
Off Season Production in Hoop Houses
Steve Moore, Elon University
Desert Farming Initiative
River School Farm
Diversify types of crops grown
Mitigate Nevada's harsh climate
Help increase farms economic viability and access new markets
Keeps snow off of crops
Cool crops using shade cloth
Increase crop variety and quality
More labor intensive
Increased insect pressure
More upkeep and maintenance
Hard to manage heat in the summer
More inefficient at a large scale
Can not economically grow sprawling crops:
Cantaloupe and Squash
Able to sell in winter or sell for a longer time period
Sell a better quality crop
Kerri Jean Ormerod
Custom Gardens: Ray and Virginia Johnson
Desert Farming Initiative: Ray Saliga and Jennifer Ott
Lattin Farms: Rick Lattin
Snyder Farms: Jim Snyder
River School: Tom Stille and Kait Crowley
Veggie for Kids: Staci Emm, Judy Halterman, Schyler Hagen