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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Bill,<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>We do purchase the additional cross ties every other bow.&nbsp;
Mostly to have a support for our tomato trellis, but it also adds to the
structural integrity of the house.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>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.&nbsp; This year we learned that we were not, as many of
the other houses collapsed.&nbsp; But then again what&#8217;s the cost of a
couple hours after each storm versus the cost of replacing a house once every
ten years? &nbsp;&nbsp;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.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Frank Ventura<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Dragonfly Farms<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>www.dragonfly-farms.com<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>
market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] <b>On Behalf Of </b>William H
Shoemaker<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Wednesday, March 16, 2011 8:03 AM<br>
<b>To:</b> 'Market Farming'<br>
<b>Subject:</b> Re: [Market-farming] high Tunnels<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>This discussion reminds me to ask if anyone has special strategies
they employ in their tunnels to improve the structural strength of the frames? <o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:navy'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>Bill<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>William H. Shoemaker</span><span style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>Sr. Research Specialist, Food Crops</span><span style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>University of Illinois - Crop Sciences</span><span
style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>St Charles Horticulture Research Center</span><span
style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>535 Randall Road, St Charles, IL, 60174</span><span
style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'>630-584-7254, FAX-584-4610 </span><span style='color:navy'><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";
color:navy'><a href="mailto:wshoemak@illinois.edu">wshoemak@illinois.edu</a></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>
market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] <b>On Behalf Of </b>frank
ventura<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Wednesday, March 16, 2011 6:55 AM<br>
<b>To:</b> 'Market Farming'<br>
<b>Subject:</b> Re: [Market-farming] high Tunnels</span><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Kathy,<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>We have a &nbsp;Xsmith New Englander 27x48, a Ledgewood 30x96,
and a Ledgewood 21x120.&nbsp; Neither were affected by the storms we had this
winter in Massachusetts, while many in our immediate area collapsed.&nbsp; We
are on the NH border and got a lot of heavy wet snow also.&nbsp; &nbsp;We too
are very diligent about cleaning off the top and sides after each snow storm. <o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>I recommend Ledgewood frames to everyone I know.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; They also come
standard with high sidewalls.&nbsp; He is very helpful, delivers, and has a
crew that can do the installation for a reasonable price.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Check them out:<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><a href="http://www.ledgewoodfarm.com/">http://www.ledgewoodfarm.com/</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Frank Ventura<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>Dragonfly Farms<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";
color:#1F497D'>www.dragonfly-farms.com<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>
market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] <b>On Behalf Of </b>somersfarm@dishmail.net<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Wednesday, March 16, 2011 7:43 AM<br>
<b>To:</b> 'Market Farming'<br>
<b>Subject:</b> [Market-farming] high Tunnels<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Hi
there,<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>During
the last snow storm a few weeks ago we lost two 30 x 80 High Tunnels.&nbsp;
Such a devastating blow to our business!&nbsp; We absolutely have to replace
one of them this year in order to somewhat function.&nbsp; I am wondering for
those of you who live in high snow and high wind areas, where you purchased
your high tunnels.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Thanks ahead for any help you can be.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Kathy
Somers</span><o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Somers
Family Farm</span><o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Barnet,
VT&nbsp; 05821</span><o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>visit
us on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/somersfamilyfarmstand">www.facebook.com/somersfamilyfarmstand</a></span><o:p></o:p></p>

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