Microclimate Enhanced Movable High Tunnel with Retractable Top

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2006: $5,992.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Kansas
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  • Fruits: berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes


  • Energy: solar energy
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture, budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study
  • Pest Management: integrated pest management
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    To create a microclimate that will divert wind over crops by combining existing terrain features with a retractable-top high tunnel that includes thermal mass features. This will incorporate the best Mother Nature has to offer while providing additional options for environmental control and year round production of quality, healthy, local produce with minimal use of nonrenewable energy.

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