High tunnel workshop set for Archbold, Ohio

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ARCHBOLD, Ohio — High tunnels, an increasingly popular solution to extending the production season for fruits and vegetables, will be the focus of an Ohio State University Extension workshop to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. April 13 in Archbold, Ohio.

The morning session will be held at Sauder Heritage Inn, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold.

Matt Kleinhenz, OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) vegetable crops specialist, will share his research and experience using high tunnels.

The afternoon portion of the workshop will take place at nearby Kinsman Farms, where attendees will see a working high-tunnel structure and learn about site preparation for a new one.

The 24-by-24-foot structure on the farm was erected in 2009 and grows lettuce, spinach, radishes, broccoli, cabbage and kale; other crops will be planted by mid-April to fill early CSA (community supported agriculture) orders.

Kinsman Farms has also produced vegetables in mid-winter during the past two years.

Registration costs $35 by April 6 or $45 thereafter. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants. To register, contact Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension, Fulton County, at 419-337-9210 or labarge.1@osu.edu.

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