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Following a 2016 tomato trial on Rebelski and Mountain Fresh Plus, three farms conducted replicated variety trials in their high tunnels on Big Beef, Rebelski, and Big Dena. Each farmer planted two tomato varieties inside a high tunnel in a randomized, paired trial. Farmer-researchers for this trial were: Tim Landgraf (One Step at a Time Gardens in Kanawha), Lee Matteson and Rose Schick (Lee’s Greens in Nevada), and Mark Quee (Scattergood Farm at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch). Spacing, mulch, trellis style, and planting date were determined by farm, and described in Table 2. Plants for the trial were started indoors and transplanted to the high tunnel (in-ground).

November 20, 2017 


We compare the energy use of winter
high tunnel production to the product
revenue during the first season of
• Greenhouses and high tunnels allow
farmers to extend the growing season.
• Greenhouses and high tunnels can
increase revenue per square foot.
• Managed properly, the increased
revenue can offset the expense of
additional infrastructure.
• In the first winter of production, Lee’s
Greens was able to keep their revenue
above their energy costs.
• Propane was the bulk of the energy

November 3, 2014