As part of our mission at Grow Appalachia to help families in central Appalachia grow as much of their own food as possible, we are constantly searching for technologies that will enhance vegetable production. One technique we are working with extensively is that of manufacturing and building high tunnels.
A high tunnel is a season extension tool that facilitates the production of fresh vegetables twelve months a year. The benefit comes from the ability to manage the growing environment – temperature, irrigation, light (to some extent) and weather extremes. This element of control provides an opportunity to grow quality vegetables in a more consistent and planned manner.