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A high tunnel is an enclosed structure that covers in-ground crops, protects them from harsh weather, and extends the growing season. High tunnels often include conservation practices such as drip irrigation and cover cropping.

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High Tunnel

High Tunnel

Photo by Douglas Gayeton

High Tunnel

Location: Crystal Organic Farm

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service can help farmers utilize the many benefits of high tunnels including conservation practices such as drip irrigation and cover cropping.

With High Tunnels, farmers can grow crops earlier in the spring and later into the winter months… and sometimes, year round! Farmers can provide their communities with more diverse local crops, reducing energy and transportation costs and providing their communities with greater food security.

High Tunnel

High Tunnel

Douglas Gayeton

High Tunnel

High tunnels can help farmers furnish their communities with more diverse local crops, which means greater food security.

Location: Full Plate Farm, Ridgefield, WA
Featuring: Danny Perich
The High Tunnel System is a conservation practive available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This practice helps producers extend their growing season, improve plant and soil quality, reduce the transportation of nutrients and pesticides and improve air quality by either eliminating or reducing transportation and energy costs.

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