CLEMSON – Ginger and turmeric grown in high tunnels could generate substantial income for South Carolina growers.

Clemson Extension agent Zachary Snipes speaks to farmers in Charleston about using high tunnels to grow specialty crops.

Clemson Extension agent Zachary Snipes speaks to farmers about using high tunnels to grow specialty crops. A high tunnel production workshop is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Clemson University.
Image Credit: Scott Miller/Clemson University

High tunnels are tall hoop houses made of pipe and plastic to grow flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables. These tunnels preserve warmth, allowing growers to extend the growing season. A High Tunnel Production Workshop is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Clemson University to provide information for anyone considering growing ginger and/or turmeric in high tunnels.

“High tunnels provide many benefits for growers, as well as open up new marketing opportunities,” said Geoff Zehnder, Clemson University Sustainable Agriculture Program coordinator. “Ginger and turmeric production is a great value-added opportunity for growers. At this workshop we will learn how to grow ginger and turmeric, discuss crop planning and hear about using cover crops as a management technique.”

In addition, an agent from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will be on hand to discuss cost share assistance for anyone interested in buying high tunnels.

This workshop gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Madren Conference Center, 230 Madren Center Drive, Clemson. An afternoon session will be held at the Clemson Student Organic Farm, 190 Field Station Drive, Clemson. The workshop ends at 3 p.m.

Workshop topics include high tunnel production for ginger and turmeric, as well as crop planning, cover crops and more. Presenters include Gena Moore of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Christina Newhouse of the Southwestern North Carolina Association of Resource Conservation and Development, David Robb of the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture program and Josh Boatwright of NRCS.

Cost, including lunch, is $15 for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association members and $20 for non-members. Registration deadline is Nov. 10. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/HighTunnelProduction.

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