High Tunnels: Are they Lucrative? Blue Gate Farm Offers its Data

Worley, Sally. 2008. High Tunnels: Are they Lucrative? Blue Gate Farm offers its data. Practical Farmers of Iowa. Accessed at: <http://practicalfarmers.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/High-Tunnels-Are-They-Lucrative-2008.pdf>

A Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperator project, part one of a three part study, High Tunnels: Are they Lucrative? Blue Gate Farm offers its data offers insight into whether Blue Gate Farm’s Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan’s investment in a high tunnel will pay off through sharing their fall 2008 records. Blue Gate Farm is a 30 member CSA as well as distributes to Des Moines’ farmers market. Their high tunnel is 26 feet wide, 48 feet long, and 12 feet tall. In 2008 carrots, spinach, swiss chard, pak choi, and beets were grown in the structure. This publication looks at their profitability based on revenue per crop, potential revenue, and production costs. See Blue Gate Farm High Tunnels Take 2 and Blue Gate Farm High Tunnels Take 3 for continued documentation, changes and additions made regarding Blue Gate Farm’s high tunnel production.

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