Greenhouse Ginger Cultivation in the Northeast – Part II

Project Overview

FNE07-596
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $8,800.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Melissa Bahret
Old Friends Farm

Commodities

  • Additional Plants: ginger

Practices

  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management
  • Pest Management: physical control, prevention
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Greenhouses can be underused during the summer for many vegetable and bedding plant producers in the Northeast. This project will continue a previously funded SARE project and explore a way of optimizing greenhouse and hoop house space by using the warm environments created in these structures to grow culinary ginger root; the project manager will also look at the feasibility of forcing earlier rooting, using a hoop house as an alternative growing structure, and growing the rhizomes in crates rather than bags. Outreach will be through a farm tour, an article in a farming publication, a winter conference workshop, and a synopsis on the grantee’s web site.

    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.