[Market-farming] high Tunnels

frank ventura frank.dragonflyfarms at gmail.com
Wed Mar 16 09:16:32 EDT 2011


Bill,

 

We do purchase the additional cross ties every other bow.  Mostly to have a
support for our tomato trellis, but it also adds to the structural integrity
of the house.

 

For years we watched other farms in the area just let the snow pile up on
their houses and wondered if we were overdoing it by removing the snow after
each storm.  This year we learned that we were not, as many of the other
houses collapsed.  But then again what's the cost of a couple hours after
each storm versus the cost of replacing a house once every ten years?   I
think the financial analysis would prove to be in our favor and we will
continue to remove snow, especially if the timing of the collapse/rebuild
resulted in a loss of production.

 

 

Frank Ventura

Dragonfly Farms

www.dragonfly-farms.com

 

 

 

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of William H
Shoemaker
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:03 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] high Tunnels

 

This discussion reminds me to ask if anyone has special strategies they
employ in their tunnels to improve the structural strength of the frames? 

 

Bill

William H. Shoemaker

Sr. Research Specialist, Food Crops

University of Illinois - Crop Sciences

St Charles Horticulture Research Center

535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL, 60174

630-584-7254, FAX-584-4610 

wshoemak at illinois.edu

  _____  

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of frank ventura
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:55 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] high Tunnels

 

Kathy,

 

We have a  Xsmith New Englander 27x48, a Ledgewood 30x96, and a Ledgewood
21x120.  Neither were affected by the storms we had this winter in
Massachusetts, while many in our immediate area collapsed.  We are on the NH
border and got a lot of heavy wet snow also.   We too are very diligent
about cleaning off the top and sides after each snow storm. 

 

I recommend Ledgewood frames to everyone I know.  Ed Person who runs the
operation and builds the frames is a farmer also and specifically designs
his houses to withstand the snow loads in NH.  They also come standard with
high sidewalls.  He is very helpful, delivers, and has a crew that can do
the installation for a reasonable price.

 

Check them out:

http://www.ledgewoodfarm.com/

 

 

Frank Ventura

Dragonfly Farms

www.dragonfly-farms.com

 

 

 

 

 

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of
somersfarm at dishmail.net
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:43 AM
To: 'Market Farming'
Subject: [Market-farming] high Tunnels

 

Hi there,

During the last snow storm a few weeks ago we lost two 30 x 80 High Tunnels.
Such a devastating blow to our business!  We absolutely have to replace one
of them this year in order to somewhat function.  I am wondering for those
of you who live in high snow and high wind areas, where you purchased your
high tunnels.  We were so diligent to clean the snow off the tops and sides
throughout each snow storm, but the last storm was heavy wet snow that came
overnight.  Thanks ahead for any help you can be.

 

Kathy Somers

Somers Family Farm

Barnet, VT  05821

visit us on www.facebook.com/somersfamilyfarmstand

 

 

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