High Tunnel Production Basics & Biointensive Tomato Production


Penn State Extension is partnering with the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to hold High Tunnel Production Basics & Biointensive Tomato Production.

  • When

  • Wed., Dec. 13, 2017
    (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
    Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017
    (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

  • Where

  • Penn State Extension Mercer County
    463 N. Perry Hwy.
    Mercer, PA 16137

To Be Covered


Day 1 - High Tunnel Production Basics

Day 1 covers all of the basic topics for building and managing high tunnels, including:

  • Site and construction considerations
  • Monitoring and managing soils in high tunnels
  • Water quality and its impact on plant growth and plant protection
  • Managing the growing environment
  • Implementing an IPM system in high tunnels
  • Marketing strategies and marketing niches
  • Food safety

Day 2 - Bio-intensive Tomato Production

On Day 2, we drill down into the specifics of growing the most popular high tunnel crop, tomatoes, using the latest bio-intensive practices, including:

  • Tomato cultivars for the high tunnel grower
  • Tomato production: fertilization, nutrient
  • management, pruning and training, and pollination
  • Using biological organisms to manage insects and mites
  • Using bio-fungicides and bio-insecticides in high tunnels
  • Post-harvest handling of tomatoes

Participants can choose to attend either or both days.

Credit Information

Pesticide recertification credits will be awarded, pending approval.


In partnership with:

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Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)


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