University of Maryland Extension

High Tunnel Raising at UMD's Terp Farm

Friday, Apr. 10, 2015 - 8:00am to Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015 - 4:00pm
Terp Farm
Terp Farm
2005 Largo Road
upper Marlboro, MD 20774
United States
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2-Day Workshop, April 10-11:  Future Harvest and Terp Farm, University of Maryland's sustainable campus farm, are teaming up to bring you a new twist on the old-fashioned barn raising: an intensive workshop in which participants help construct a high tunnel from start to finish. Over the course of two days, you will work with Guy Kilpatric, Terp Farm's Lead Agricultural Technician, to build a 48' x 22' high tunnel. 

This intensive workshop will give you the skills and confidence to purchase and build your own high tunnel, as well as knowledge about tool and site selection, and the basics of growing crops in high tunnels.  Participants will also have a chance to examine an existing high tunnel on Terp Farm that's already in production.  The workshop is limited to 10 participants. A delicious breakfast and lunch will be provided by UMD Dining Services on both Friday and Saturday. If you have any dietary restrictions, email Liana so that we can accommodate you: Please give us as much advance notice as possible!

UMD's Department of Dining Services, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and Office of Sustainability partnered to create Terp Farm, a sustainable farming operation located just 15 miles from the College Park campus. The College of AGNR committed two acres at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center’s Upper Marlboro facility for Terp Farm. Terp Farm utilizes its high tunnel and other techniques to extend the season, providing fresh produce year-round to selected dining halls, the Green Tidings mobile dining food truck, as well as to food-insecure members of the campus and College Park communities

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