Exploring Alternative Growing Structures for Extending the Season and Improving the Quality of Organically Grown Cut Flowers

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $9,276.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Jan Blomgren
Windflower Farm

Annual Reports


  • Additional Plants: ornamentals


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: windbreaks
  • Education and Training: extension, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, risk management
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, botanical pesticides, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, physical control, mulching - plastic, prevention, row covers (for pests), sanitation, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    Most cut flowers grown in high tunnels are earlier and superior in quality to those grown in the field, but there is little information regarding crop scheduling, production economics, and the relative value of alternative tunnel structures. This project will compare the impact of five types of tunnel structures on the seasonality, pest incidence, and quality of cut flowers. Outreach will be through a farm tour, presentations, a set of illustrated plans, and publications.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.