ALL ABOUT HOOPHOUSES featuring unheated greenhouse specialist Adam Montri of Michigan State University
Adam Montri and his friends build an unheated 34 by 96 foot greenhouse at his Ten Hens Farm in Bath, Michigan. The first two videos below offer information on building the hoophouse. The final three videos feature Adam in the completed hoophouse offering tips on everything from watering crops in winter to marketing directly to consumers.
Building a Hoophouse: Part 1 - The skeleton
Building a Hoophouse: Part 2 - The polyethylene
Hoophouse Production: Crops, transplants & water
Hoophouse Production: Tips, costs & marketing
|Gardeners and farmers alike are exploring the benefits of erecting "hoophouses," unheated passive solar greenhouses that can be used for winter production of vegetables in northern states.
Hoophouses, also called high tunnels, are typically constructed with steel hoops covered in 6-mil polyethylene. Endwalls are polyethylene film or polycarbonate, which is more expensive but lasts longer. You can also buy hoophouses that are all polycarbonate, but most growers find the cost prohibitive on large structures.
The videos at the left offer information and advice from Michigan State University unheated greenhouse specialist Adam Montri, whose position is funded in part through USDA's National Research Initiative program on Agricultural Prosperity for Small- and Medium-Sized Farms.
FREE DOWNLOAD FROM MSU - Year-Round Vegetable Crop Production Schedule - Click here for aPDF handout created by Adam Montri that is tailored to Michigan's climate.
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