Season Creation Manual Available – Order Yours Now!

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Thanks to funding through the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, the latest milestone in Rural Action’s Season Creation partnership with Green Edge Organic Gardens is now available. This 30+ page manual – Season Creation: The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing – lays out in easy-to-read steps the years of knowledge that has gone into creating the Green Edge method for producing and selling winter vegetables.

The term Season Creation was coined to highlight the differences between this model and standard “season extension,” which only adds to the beginning and end of the growing season and doesn’t create an entire winter 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. 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 and in Ames Township.

Contained in the manual are key aspects of Green Edge’s growing and business model laid out for growers interested in high tunnel use for year-round production, as well as sustainable agriculture educators looking to better serve their regions with knowledge of high tunnel use. 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 on Season Creation and Good Agricultural Practices.

Learn even more about growing and selling hardy vegetables through the winter using high tunnels. Get your copy of Season Creation:  The Green Edge Model of Winter Growing today – order online, call Rural Action at 740-677-4047 , or send an email.

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