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University of Minnesota Extension and Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership to offer a high tunnel and season extension workshop in Crookston Minnesota on April 10
March 18, 2008

Contact: Linda Kingery, Executive Director, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, 877-854-7737 or kinge002@umn.edu, Communications Intern Carrie Diaz diaz0073@umn.edu


University of Minnesota Extension and Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership to offer a high tunnel and season extension workshop in Crookston Minnesota on April 10.

Your tomato plants looked great and then a frost killed your loaded plants, then the weather turned nice for three weeks. Have you experienced this scenario and been frustrated?  Learn how vegetable and fruit producers are extending the season up to 6 weeks earlier in the spring and 6 weeks later in the fall than normal and capturing additional dollars from their farm. High tunnels are a low cost alternative that let producers put the crop in the ground earlier in the spring and reach the market sooner in the summer and extend the growing season in the fall.  Whether you are a commercial grower or a home gardener, a high tunnel may be your answer.
University of Minnesota Extension staff who has experience growing in high tunnels will explain the details in establishing high tunnel production. The workshop will take place at the Mt, St. Benedict conference room April 10, 5 pm sharp. With registration beginning at 4:30 pm. the fee of the workshop is $25.00 per individual and includes supper and workshop materials.

Topics to be discussed during the worship include:
“What are high tunnels?”  “Why are they an excellent way to extend the growing season?” by Terry Nennich, Regional Extension Educator, Horticulture
“Using drip irrigation in high tunnels” by Jerry Wright, University of Minnesota Extension Engineer
“Soils and plant growth media – amending soils for productive yields and management” by Carl Rosen, University of Minnesota Extension soil scientist – fertility
“Variety trials and selecting plants for high tunnels” by Terry Nennich, Regional Extension
“What has worked and problems we encountered in the high tunnel” – group discussion led by Mike Klawitter

For questions and more information on registration, contact:
Jolene Pederson
Extension Regional Center, Crookston
251 Owen Hall
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716
Phone – 218-281-8027 or toll-free 888-241-0781
Email beis0011@umn.edu

The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) serves Northwest Minnesota by promoting active citizenship; helping the northwest region attain a sustainable future; and building strong partnerships with the University of Minnesota and the region. The partnership works to foster development of agricultural, tourism and natural resources systems that are profitable for citizens, while enhancing environmental quality and supporting rural communities. For more details, visit www.regionalpartnerships.umn.edu/northwest