Published Nov 10, 2015

Getting Started with Greenhouse Production

By Practical Farmers of Iowa


Lee Matteson and Rose Schick are building their business around winter greens and extended season production using four high tunnels near Nevada, Iowa. Though they started with a solid foundation in greenhouse production, there was plenty to learn along the way. During this farminar Lee and Rose will discuss starting their farm, some misconceptions they had and how others might try things differently. They will also discuss greenhouse and site selection, favorite crops, markets, financial decision-making and share photos of their greenhouse operation.

Lee Matteson and Rose Schick are co-owners of Lee’s Greens. Before starting Lee’s Greens, Lee worked for seven years as a greenhouse grower and five years as a fruit and vegetable grower. Rose grew up in northeast Iowa and holds a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture with a specialization in genetics from Iowa State University.