Site Selection for a High Tunnel: New video from TunnelBerries colleagues at Penn State University details key site considerations when deciding where to locate a high tunnel.
Considering building a high tunnel? Site selection is key to your tunnel's success! TunnelBerries colleagues at Penn State University have release a new video detailing high tunnel site selection at:
While being hosted by Gianluca Savini of Sant’Orsola in the Trentino region of Italy, we had the opportunity to view strawberry production in substrate. Plants are grown in bags or long trays of coconut coir media that are supported on raised structure. All production occurs under high tunnels. Sant'Orsola growers utilize cultivars from several breeding programs, including short-day and day-neutral types. The Cooperative also markets specialty types such as Fragaria vesca, a very flavorful but perishable native species. The Cooperative also tests new types for their grower-members. Yields and production costs can be very high, but harvest is very labor efficient.
TunnelBerries project director, Eric Hanson from Michigan State University toured berry production in the Trentino region of Italy with Gianluca Savini of Sant’Orsola Cooperative whose growers produce premium quality fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and currants. Sant'Orsola has invested in a state-of-the-art berry receiving, storage and handling facility to maintain exceptional berry condition. They also market in innovative packaging to serve different customers. Many thanks to Gianluca for a terrific look at cutting-edge berry production in Italy!