Polk County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast and CFSA workshop Oct. 17 will focus on high-tunnel systems

The monthly Polk County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and the “High Tunnel Purchasing, Management and Production” workshop later that morning will both focus on high tunnels, an effective tool for maximizing vegetable production and extending the growing season.

The Polk County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 will feature a presentation by Gena Moore with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. At the free breakfast meeting, Moore will discuss basic management techniques to help maximize production using high-tunnel systems.

The October Friends of Agriculture Breakfast will be held at the Green Creek Community Center at 25 Shields Dr. in Tryon. Breakfast attendees are encouraged to promote sustainability by bringing their own coffee mugs and another for someone else attending.

Sponsored by the Polk County Farm Bureau, the Friends of Agriculture Breakfasts are hosted by Polk County’s Office of Agricultural Economic Development for local farmers, gardeners and food enthusiasts. These free events are held the third Wednesday of every month between September and May at the Green Creek Community Center and feature a delicious local food breakfast and an educational speaker on areas of interest to our agricultural community. Learn more at PolkCountyFarms.org.

For those seeking more in-depth information about high-tunnel systems, the workshop “High Tunnel Purchasing, Management and Production” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Mill Spring Agricultural Center at 156 School Road in Mill Spring. Gena Moore with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Christina Newhouse with the Southwestern North Carolina Resource Conservation & Development Council will lead the workshop.

The workshop will share how to produce in a high tunnel in the fall, winter and early spring in the western regions of North Carolina and South Carolina. Construction and purchasing considerations for installing a high tunnel will also be discussed as will management techniques to help maximize production in high tunnels.

Lunch and drinks will be provided by Carolina Farm Credit. After lunch, workshop attendees will head to Big Frog Nursery at 1350 Lee Cudd Road in Rutherfordton for hands-on demonstrations and details about high tunnel construction.

The workshop is $5 for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association members and $10 for nonmembers. Register online at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association site or by calling (919) 542-2402.