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HoophouseCold Climate Greenhouse Resource -University of Minnesota
This guidebook highlights the successes and lessons learned by growers across the Midwest who have designed and built cold-climate greenhouses to grow produce during the winter with minimal reliance on fossil fuel-based heat.

Season Extension - Southwest Research & Outreach Center- University of Minnesota
This report details research on high tunnel production that has been underway in Southwest Minnesota since 2008. Contains tips on building and operating a high tunnel and ways to improve soil quality and plant fertility.

Minnesota High Tunnels - University of Minnesota
Learn the basics of high tunnels, considerations for building, and how to manage crops and market high tunnel products.

Midwest Season Extension
This site contains videos on how to build a hoophouse and information to help locate supplies needed for season extension projects, and additional resources.

What is Plasticulture - Penn State Extension
This resource provides a thorough description, examples of which methods work best for certain crops, and a list of related publications and research articles.

Ultimate Season Extension - Rodale Institute
This article summarizes how northern CSA farmers are extending their season into the winter months. Find out what unique challenges farmers and shareholders can expect from year-round CSAs.

Cornell High Tunnels - Dept. of Horticulture Cornell University
This site provides the latest news, events, and research on high tunnels. Learn about different types of high tunnel structures; read profiles of suggested fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs to plant in high tunnels; and get tips on creating a successful business and marketing plan. Visit the site's blog to learn about upcoming workshops and webinars to share with community groups.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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