Four-Season Vegetable Production Utilizing High Tunnels, Floating Row Cover, and a Compost Heat Exchanger.

Final Report for FNC10-835

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2010: $5,994.19
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:
Phillip Swartz
Moraine View Farm
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Project Information

Summary:

After the failure of the hoophouse plastic, I ordered replacement greenhouse film but it was never installed.

Sometimes life gets in the way of the best laid plans. Though I had every intention of continuing with the project for reasons listed below it did not continue.

As an inexperienced vegetable farmer combating two dry years in a row without adequate irrigation my financial resources became severely strained.

I was forced to find additional part and full time work to supplement my income, thus leaving me with not enough time for the continuation of this project.

A health issue that has now been rectified also contributed to my discontinuation of the project.

Research

Research results and discussion:

Project was largely a failure. However, I intend to reapply for this same grant and attempt the project again with a few modifications.

The hoop house will be moved to a more protected location. Wind breaks will be erected. The endwalls will be reinforced.

Also, I would like to add an additional hoop house to facilitate a side by side comparison of unheated versus passive heating.

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