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Growing for Market

Hoophouse Handbook: Growing Produce and Flowers in Hoophouses and High Tunnels—by Growing for Market Market farmers are amazed at how profitable these low-tech structures can be. They are used to extend the season, increase yield, improve quality and provide a measure of income security. Most growers find they pay for themselves in one growing season. This 60-page special issue explains the best crops to grow in hoophouses, and provides detailed instructions with more than 50 photos and illustrations, on how to build one.



High tunnels, or hoophouses, are unheated greenhouses that can help market gardeners extend their growing season so that they can improve the profitability of their farms. This website is part of a USDA-sponsored project that is testing and promoting high tunnel systems in the Central Great Plains.
We hope to provide information developed under our project, and links to relevant sites around the world, so that growers and educators have a one-stop source where they can find information on all aspects of high tunnel construction and use.


The Center for Plasticulture

The principle objectives of Pennsylvania State University's Center for Plasticulture are the development of cutting-edge plasticulture technology for the horticultural crop producer in Pennsylvania and the Northeast United States, production information related to specific crop applications and recovery of plastics in the form of energy or recycled products. The Center would develop production systems using Integrated Crop Management models for horticultural production programs that are both sound economically and ecologically.


The Noble Foundation

The Noble Foundation researches hoophouse production for the South.



ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas), funded by the US Department of Agriculture, is a national sustainable agriculture information service managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. It provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.


Jennings County Growers

Jennings County Growers (JCG) is a domestic agricultural coop incorporated in Indiana with the specific purpose of assisting fruit, vegetable and meat growers in marketing and value added their products. JCG is using the incubator process to assist growers and other providers which will educate and train users on improving technical and business skills.