We have purchased the BCS 749 and some implements. We picked up 14 chicks and are waiting on an energizer and 200 feet of electric poultry netting from Premier1. We still have to build a chicken coop. We have to run about 1500 feet of electric fencing around the fields and house. When we are done with that, we can start on the high tunnel.
Here are some pictures of the Rimol Eastpoint high tunnel.
We were originally considering two high tunnels for this summer but then Covid came along. Tourism and restaurants have been significantly affected. They were going to be our two primary target markets to sell greens. We are now thinking it is best to take baby steps and see how this all progresses.
We were going to start with a 30′ x 72′ Rimol Nor’Easter which would have run us about $10K with some accessories. Due to its size, we would have also brought in an installation team for another $8K. Covid caused us to re-evaluate that cost and growing capacity.
Our 2 acres gives us plenty of outside bed capacity. We have never planned to grow year around. The high tunnel(s) would primarily give us a longer growing season for some crops and would allow us to do sprouts.
The Eastpoint series is a slightly smaller tunnel and about half the price of the Nor’Easter. We are now thinking about purchasing a 20′ x 48′ tunnel which we could construct ourselves in a more timely manner. Both series are NRCS approved should we use the program. We are primarily considering Rimol as it is brought up to the peninsula by Kenai Feed & Supply. They will occasionally deliver to Homer when they have enough orders.
There is not a rush on this as we have a number of projects to do before we can work on a high tunnel. Be well & green dreams!