Innovative methods of capturing solar heat for earlier harvests

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $6,963.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Paul Lacinski
Sidehill Farm

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: beets, eggplant, greens (leafy), peas (culinary), peppers


  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Many vegetable farms practice season extension, yet it comes at a high cost in terms of fuel, structures, and labor. This project will look at developing a prototype roller to efficiently manage an insulated night blanket and will also investigate the feasibility of employing used greenhouse plastic for early-season soil warming. Outreach will be through articles and presentations at regional conferences.

    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.