Friday, February 15, 2013

Hands-on “High Tunnel Installation Workshop” Planned for March 8 - 9 in Mt. Vernon

Contact: Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- High tunnels are low-cost, passive, solar greenhouses that typically do not use fossil fuels for heating or venting. But best of all, a high tunnel can be used to extend the crop production season for many fruit and vegetable crops.

Gain the knowledge and experience you need to install your own high tunnel by attending the “High Tunnel Installation Workshop” being held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at the Southwest Research Center, 14548 Hwy. H, Mt. Vernon, Mo.

This workshop will be led by Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension and Shon Bishop, a 2501 Program Educator with Lincoln University.

“The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to supply interested individuals with the practical knowledge needed to install their own high tunnels and enjoy the benefits of season extension,” said Byers.

Participants need to come prepared for the weather (don’t forget your hats and gloves).

Pre-registration is required by Friday March 1 with registration fee of $25. Class size will be restricted to 20 participants. Make checks payable to University of Missouri Extension and return with registration form (available online at to: Lorri Winters, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807

Please direct questions to Shon Bishop by calling (417) 846-3948 or by email at:


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