- Fruits: cherries, peaches, pears, berries (strawberries), general tree fruits
- Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
- Farm Business Management: feasibility study, agritourism
- Production Systems: general crop production
- Soil Management: soil chemistry
- Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities
This project involves planting and growing peach, pear, sweet cherry, and sour cherry trees in an unheated 30 by 48 foot high tunnel. Strawberries are planted along the outer edges where the tunnel is too low for trees to grow. Similar trees are planted outside for use as a control.
Project objectives from proposal:
Peach, pear and cherry trees do not thrive in Zone 3 where we live and garden. We hope that by planting these fruit trees in an unheated high tunnel they will grow and thrive when they are sheltered from the elements. Fall bearing strawberries will be planted along the 2 outer walls where it is not high enough to grow fruit trees. This will enable us to further diversify our crops and increase our sales at local farmer's markets. We hope to show other growers that it is economically feasible to grow these fruit trees in high tunnels.