Radiant heated hoop house for spring perennial production

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,838.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Additional Plants: native plants, ornamentals


  • Crop Production: multiple cropping
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, feasibility study
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Greenhouse energy costs continue to rise and challenge farmers to find new ways to reduce the use of all forms of energy. The project aims to explore whether by using radiant heat as the only heat source, by using energy conservation methods, and by selecting hardy plants, the economic production of perennial plants can be managed without additional heat inputs. Outreach will be through open houses, a web site, 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.