Friday, September 24, 2010

Moveable High Tunnel 'Barn Raising' Event

The Salad Garden in Ashland, MO invites you to take part in a modern day type ‘barn raising’ event.

Why: Building high tunnels is active this summer/fall as a number of growers received support from the NRCS Organic Initiative. The high tunnel being constructed is an unique design, easily moved on tracks with just the push of a couple of people (4 Seasons Tools ).

What: High tunnel construction- this is your chance to learn and help at the same time with Dan Kuebler of the Salad Garden

When: Wednesday October 13th (Rain Date Monday Oct. 18th same time) Program introduction and discussion begins at 9:00a.m. and will take about ½ hour. Then the ‘hands on’ work begins! We anticipate concluding about 4PM. (Stay as long as you can; we’ll understand if you need to leave early) Dan says, ‘bring a cordless drill and socket set if you have one’. (Have it fully charged……..any other obvious hand tools are welcome). We’ll break for ¾ of an hour or so about noon for lunch.

Where: The Salad Garden, a farm using organic methods for 20 years in Ashland, MO. The address is 16471 Hawkins Rd.

[Directions - take US 63 to Ashland (between Jeff City and Columbia). Exit and take ‘Y’ east (away from Ashland). Go about 2 1/2 miles. Hawkins is on your right (about ½ mile past Rangeline, which is on the left). Follow Hawkins about 1 mile (it does become gravel). Parking will be clearly marked.]

Limited to the first 20 reservations! Due to parking availability and a quality participatory experience we are limiting this to 20. A tour of the tunnel will be offered as part of the National Small Farm Conference and Trade Show on Friday Nov. 5th in the afternoon, so casual viewing is available at a later date.

We need to know you are coming! Please RSVP by Oct. 8th or until it is full to James Quinn (MU Regional Horticulture Specialist in Cole County), 573-234-2824.

Missouri Vegetable Growers Association (MVGA) and the Jefferson Institute are both sponsors the complimentary lunch, so you can enjoy working up your appetite.

Also sponsored by MU & LU Extension
Cole and Boone County Extension Centers
Boone County NRCS
Missouri Department of Ag
Morgan County Seeds

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