Season Creation

Season Creation

Season Creation: The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing

Season Creation: The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing

Now available through Rural Action is “Season Creation: The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing,” developed in partnership with Green Edge Organic Gardens located in Amesville, Ohio and with funding from SARE and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, this is a 33 page manual that lays out in easy-to-read steps the years of knowledge that went into creating the Green Edge approach for producing and selling winter grown vegetables.

The term “season creation” highlights the differences between this model and standard “season extension” which only adds months of growing rather than creating and entire winter growing season.

Since 2004, Green Edge Gardens has used a system of 10 high tunnels – long, passively heated green houses with row cover inside – to produce and sell leafy greens and hardy winter vegetables to customers in Athens County and the greater Columbus region. The farm sells nearly 200 winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in the winter, which includes high tunnel produce, mushrooms they grow on-farm and partner items from producers around Athens, Ohio. Their year-round model allows the farm to employ a staff of 8 all year and hire part-time help and interns during the summer, making Green Edge one of the largest employers in Amesville, Ohio.

Sections include key infrastructure to use, crop selection and planting, marketing breakdown, recommended suppliers and more. The manual is available for $18, and for $40 includes a companion how-to video.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ENC12-134, Beyond Season Extension: High Tunnels for Season Creation and Economic, Community, and Environmental Sustainability .

Product specs
Year: 2015
Length: 37 Pages
Location: North Central | Ohio
How to order

Rural Action Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal
9030 Hocking Hills Drive
The Plains, Ohio 45780
Ph. 740.677.4047

Visit http://ruralaction.org/product/seasoncreation/ to order.

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.

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