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Get the Most Out of Your Hoop House

Posted 6/19/2012

Summer temperatures are upon us and our vegetable plants are starting to grow like crazy. Those with greenhouses or hoop houses, however, have already experienced several months of good growing conditions as they are able to extend the season. "Get the Most out of Your Hoop House" is the topic of the next forum in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Agriculture Innovation Series scheduled for Tuesday, June 26.

Ray Johnson, owner of Custom Gardens Organic Farm, in Silver Springs will share growing techniques and planting schedules for hoop houses. Ray started the first organic farm in Nevada and was one of the first to use the hoop house to extend the growing season. Randy Emm, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will share an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to build a low-cost hoop house constructed primarily of PVC pipe, rebar, greenhouse plastic and 2x4 lumber. Attendees will learn from seasoned growers who can make a hoop house perform to its optimum capacity.

The Agriculture Innovation Forum Series is designed to provide practical information and know-how for agricultural producers and small acreage owners to optimize their land use potential and maintain agricultural open space in Carson Valley. It is held the last Tuesday of each month, March through July, at the CVIC Hall in Minden, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The last topic in the "Series is Weed Control — Will it Ever End?" on July 31.

The Agriculture Innovation Forum Series is intended to be an open dialogue format allowing attendees ample opportunity to ask questions and learn. Every forum in the series is held at the CVIC Hall at 1604 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on the "Getting the Most out of Your Hoop House" forum or the rest of the Agriculture Innovation Series, check out our calendar entry or email Steve Lewis, extension educator with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or call him at (775) 782-9960.

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