[Market-farming] high Tunnels

Richard Robinson rrobinson at nasw.org
Thu Mar 17 10:19:22 EDT 2011

On 3/17/2011 at 10:14:13 AM, Robin Follette wrote:

>   We use a snow blower to clear a 3-4' strip along the sides
> of the tunnels. I'm in a high snow area and I do use the tunnels in the
> winter so they need to be cleared. It's not quite that simple here. The snow
> doesn't usually slide without my help. I work alone in the winter so a rope
> doesn't work for me on regular after-storm clean up. I've started carefully
> using a roof rake. That gets it going from the top down and works well most
> of the time.  There are three steps to what we do: Snow blow the new snow if
> there's more than 6". Rake the roof. Snow blow again. We leave at least a
> foot of snow a foot or two up the side wall as insulation. This does block
> some sun but it blocks it mostly where the ground freezes anyway.

This matches what I did this winter. Based on recommendations from the High Tunnels list, 
I bought a "Snow-Brum" and attached it to a telescoping pole from Home Depot. The stiff 
foam of the Snow-Brum was very gentle on the plastic--I had no worries about ripping even 
when I was hurling the thing upward to reach the peak. Plus it does double duty cleaning 
the snow off the cars (which is what it was designed for).

  Richard Robinson
  Hopestill Farm

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