[Market-farming] winter temp hoophouses

Lucy Goodman goodows at infinet.com
Sun Sep 17 06:32:29 EDT 2006

I posted 3 entries on my blog on how to build a simple and cheap 
hoophouse that one or two people can put up in an afternoon


This design uses metal conduit not PVC (conduit cost more initially but 
will last you 20 to 50 years, is more environmentally friendly, a lot 
stronger and does not break down in sunlight/weather).

Lucy Goodman
Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
Eaton, OH

Beth Spaugh wrote:

>I want to erect "temporary" field houses this fall to keep greens going
>through December. We usually don't have heavy snows until spring. 
>Has anyone heard Eliot Coleman recently to know if he has changed his winter
>hoophouse design from that in his Winter Harvest Manual?
>Or do others have ways that work?
>I have 20 foot pieces of PVC and new sheets of greenhouse plastic. I was
>going to not do the rebar inner support and take the plastic off in December
>or January. Haven't figured out the end attachments/walls yet. For summer, I
>know someone who just gathers the end plastic together and knots it. He
>enters by lifting up the plastic on the side. In the Winter Harvest Manual
>Coleman buries the sides of his plastic and enters via a slanted end
>structure with door.
>Beth Spaugh
>Rehoboth Homestead
>Peru NY
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