Old Order farmers profit from new order idea - High-tunnel technology is particularly appealing to Old Order farmers because the tunnels require a modest capital investment (usually recouped the first growing season); are ventilated by rolling up the sides rather then relying on a fan (a power outage in a greenhouse can heat the air to 100-plus degrees Fahrenheit in 5 minutes); are movable (hence can leave soil-born diseases behind); and reduce the need for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. In addition, this technology is most profitable when there is an abundant, inexpensive labor pool.
Cornell high-tunnel team member Jud Reid helps Mennonite farmers profit from high-tunnel technology. Reid specializes in conducting research about high-tunnel agriculture to share with growers across the state. Read more: CALS News article | Cornell Chronicle article