2016 Season Extension Workshop Nov 19th

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2016 Season Extension Workshop Nov 19th

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One Day Season Extension Workshop Topics:

1. Outdoor Harvest

Vitruvian Farms is nestled into a chilly Zone 5, and most years we can harvest outdoors into November.  During the one day season extension workshop we will focus first on which crops can be grown outside late into fall.  We will learn about special considerations that need to be taken into account when growing crops in cold weather, as well as which crops specifically can handle the cold temperatures.  Additionally, we will look at storage crops which can be harvested and sold over a prolonged period of time during the winter months.





2. Outdoor Structures

We will review construction and design considerations of hoop houses and quick hoops.  Quick hoops are smaller, less expensive versions of hoop houses.  Workshop participants will get hands on experience constructing parts of both season extension structures, learn about site selection, and leave with building plans.







3. Winter Hoop House Management

Growing vegetables in sub zero temperatures is not easy, but we can show you how its done.  We will overview which vegetables can grow during November, December, January, February, and March inside hoop houses in Zone 5.  We will go over low energy, no heat models (Cold Houses), as well as minimal heat models (Cool Houses), and considerations for high heat greenhouses.






4. Winter Salad Greens

We will focus a lot of attention during the workshop on winter salad greens because they are high value, grow well in cold temperatures, and because we grow a lot of them.  We will cover planting, harvesting, and upkeep considerations.







5. Financial Resources and Organic Overview 

We will run you through the financial resources available to fund projects like hoop houses or start up your own market garden or farm.  We will also take a look at a few organic growing considerations and winter marketing options.


In addition to the on-site workshop learning, participants will receive a compilation of written resources that we use everyday at Vitruvian Farms.  This includes a recommended book reading list, crop specific fertilization rates and harvest guides, mushroom and microgreen growing guides, as well as hoop house construction packets and a do-it-yourself walk in cooler design guide.

The workshop will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday.  Afterwards attendees will have the opportunity to talk to the instructors about anything growing related.

We are offering 1 hour of phone consultation after the workshops to help you with any topic you may be trying to implement on your own project.


The Vitruvian Farms workshops will take place on our very own working, organic farm.  The farm is located just 10 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin.  Directions to the farm can be found here.

The workshop will run from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday, with a break for lunch during the day.  Lunch will be provided on the farm, mostly cooked from our own organically grown food.

Please keep in mind that during the One Day Winter Workshop we will be spending a lot of time outside in the cold, please dress appropriately.  We will have classes in the hoop houses and in our heated building to stay warm intermittently.  


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How To Purchase

At the top of the page click "Add to Cart" and follow the instructions.  Tickets can be purchased until September 16th or until the class is full, whichever comes first.  Availability is limited, purchase your ticket today to reserve your spot.

Tickets are non-refundable.  You can transfer your ticket to a later workshop upon request, or transfer your ticket to another person if you wish.


If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Shawn by email at shawn@vitruvianfarms.com or call 262-305-1858 for more information.