The last of the multi-bay high tunnels have now been covered or “skinned” as it is known in the trade. Skinning must be done when there is no wind. In the East Lansing, MI location, this usually means skinning takes place before dawn. Plastic film that spent the winter rolled up in the trough between tunnels is pushed up to the tunnel apex with forked poles and then unfurled to cover the tunnel. The ends of the plastic are then clipped to the end hoops and ropes are woven over the top of the plastic to secure it in place.
K. Hanson: Tunnel Berries Outreach Coordinator