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After completing two years of cucumber enterprise budgets, Ann Franzenburg and Emma Johnson looked at their farms and decided: “Let’s do cherry tomatoes.” For this enterprise budget, both farmers did a careful accounting of the revenue, costs, and labor for their 2017 cherry tomato crops. The analysis of their data, and their comments on varieties, […]

December 6, 2017 


Following a 2016 tomato trial on Rebelski and Mountain Fresh Plus, three farms conducted replicated variety trials in their high tunnels on Big Beef, Rebelski, and Big Dena. Key findings are in the post below, and the full report is available here: Tomato in High Tunnel, Variety Trial. How was the trial conducted? Each farmer planted […]

November 20, 2017 


In 2015, Practical Farmers and Prairie Sky Farm hosted a workshop to build a Four Seasons Tools high tunnel. Two years later, Chris Deal, who attended the Prairie Sky high tunnel build workshop, was ready put up his own, and it was the right moment for a 2017 PFI build workshop! Much of the work […]

April 20, 2017 


You want a high tunnel. Maybe you already bought it. You thought you could put it up on your own. Then, like Jeremy (pictured below), you realize you had bit off more than you could chew. You thought, “It’d be great if I could talk to someone who’s done this…” or better yet, “I’d like get […]

March 13, 2017 


In a Nutshell
• Three farmers provided enterprise
budgets for cucumber production in
• Cucumbers were grown in a heated
greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg), an unheated
high tunnel (Emma Johnson),
and an open field (Jan Libbey).
• Franzenburg, Johnson, and Libbey also
provided enterprise budgets for year
one of this study in 2015.
Key Findings
• Labor was the largest expense for
Johnson and Libbey, accounting for
74% and 94% of their total expenses,
respectively. Labor was only 40% of
Franzenburg’s costs.
• Labor breakdown by task differed at
each farm. The largest tasks on each
farm, measured in hours, were: pruning
and trellising at Franzenburg, field
maintenance at Johnson, and harvesting
and packing at Libbey.
• Production in the greenhouse at Franzenburg’s
provided highest yield (lb
fruit/ft2) and number of fruit per ft2.
• Among the three farms, outdoor production
at Libbey’s had the highest net
income per pound.

December 6, 2016 


Growing tomatoes in the high tunnel gives farmers an early jump on the tomato market, and can help protect the plants from some environmental stressors.  Two farmers (Tim Landgraf at One Step at a Time Gardens and Mark Quee at Scattergood Friends School) conducted replicated variety trials in high tunnels of two determinate tomato varieties, Mountain […]

December 2, 2016 


Two farms conducted replicated
variety trials in high tunnels of two determinate
tomato varieties, Mountain
Fresh Plus and Rebelski.
Key Findings
• Yield at both farms was lower than
yields reported in other published high
tunnel variety trials.
• Rebelski yield was higher at Landgraf’s,
with 1.4 lb/plant difference.
• Rebelski yield was also higher at
Quee’s, with 2.1 lb/plant difference.

November 22, 2016 


After more than 10 years of high tunnel production, Jill Beebout of Blue Gate Farm has made mistakes, celebrated successes and collected lots of data. Jill will share her experiences, the numbers, and her best and worst high tunnel ideas – or as she says, “the good, the bad and the ugly.”

November 17, 2016 


Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]

August 2, 2016 


Objective: Determine which determinate tomato variety, Rebelski or Mountain Fresh Plus, performs best
in high tunnels.

June 28, 2016