Final Report for FNE07-596
The purpose of this project was to continue to explore growing ginger as a way to expand the use of a greenhouse structure, to increase profit and sustainability for the farm, to supply locally grown ginger to our customers and to share our findings with other growers. The ginger was pre-sprouted in a custom made soil mix and transplanted into crates in the greenhouse and some directly into the soil of a hoop house. The ginger grows in a sub tropical environment, so mimicking those conditions was key to a successful yield. The ginger was harvested as needed from August through October and sold at farmers markets. The product was of high quality and there was high demand. The hoop house grown ginger proved to be a better method than the greenhouse grown ginger, not because of increased yield but because of lower labor investment and material expenses. This is a marginal crop for expanding the use of a greenhouse structure and other ideas should be investigated. It is an economically viable hoop house crop and will hopefully progress to being a typical northeast grown crop.