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Southern SAWG Trains Trainers in Organic High Tunnel Production

Organic hoop house training at Sunbright Organics, Tuskegee, AL.

Organic hoop house training at Sunbright Organics, Tuskegee, AL.

Southern SAWG, in cooperation with several partners and with the support of a generous Southern SARE PDP grant, has completed a series of organic high tunnel vegetable production “train the trainer” events in Kentucky and Alabama. The goal of the trainings was to better equip service providers to assist producers interested in organic and high tunnel production. Natural Resources Conservation professionals were particularly targeted because of the special funding initiatives they have for high tunnels in their EQIP program. 

Over 100 service providers participated in the programs and, based on evaluation results, the trainings were very effective. Some comments from participants included:

 “Worth a long trip. Practical information was outstanding”

“Great technical explanation on soil, practical management and site specific application for AL.”

“I hope to spread the news among communities of color in the black belt how hoop houses can increase their income & how marketing can increase it as well.”

When Southern SAWG puts together trainings such as this, we gather a team from across the region who have proven themselves in their work. For this particular set of trainings we had a three person training team that included Andrew Williams from Alabama, Mark Cain from Arkansas and Mark Schonbeck from Virginia.


Editor's Note: Did you miss out on these high tunnel trainings OR do you want to learn more? Register for the 2015 Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference. We are offering a dynamite short course and four general sessions on high tunnel production and management. Of course, high tunnels are just one of the many topics that will be covered at the conference. See the whole program here.