Movable greenhouse essential to this year-round organic grower

Movable greenhouse at Roots farm

Moving a greenhouse at Roots Farm

Most greenhouses or high tunnels are constructed and stay in one place. The Rimol greenhouses or high tunnels at Roots Farm in Tiverton, RI are moved several times each year.

Roots Farm hosted a Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI) Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) hands-on workshop called “Winter Growing with Movable Greenhouses” for nearly 50 participants.

Mike Roberts on Grower coverMike and Kelli Roberts use their movable greenhouses to raise certified organic greens and produce year-round without supplemental heat. Workshop attendees moved two 50’ by 30’ greenhouses in under ten minutes.

This story made the February 2014 Eastern edition of Country Folks Grower. Read the full story here.

View step-by-step photos of a caterpillar hoop house being set up  here.

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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