||Construction of the high tunnel frames.
Despite summer winding down, we have been busy as ever in the Teen Ag Program! Over the past couple of months, we've expanded into a new field on Wolfe's Neck and are constructing a high tunnel with a goal of year-round growing to keep our community impact going in the winter months.
A common distinction between a greenhouse and a high tunnel is that a greenhouse will
use an automated heating or ventilation
to heat its
interior, known as active heating. A
, on the other hand, uses a passive ventilation
a less controlled environment like that of a field. Another difference is that in greenhouses,
seedlings grow in raised beds or benches, while planting or transplanting seedlings in a high tunnel is often done directly into the ground.
Our high tunnels are being designed and built with the Harvard Pilgrim Grant and the aid of engineer Jesse Shull. A unique feature of our new high tunnels is that they will be on wheels, allowing us to
it and maintain various sections of the plots to keep up with crop rotation. Our goal with the new high tunnels is to donate to the Freeport and Yarmouth food pantries during the winter season, consistently a time when pantries have limited access to fresh, local food.