Cedar Creek Garden Hosts High Tunnel Workshop

SDSPA members, Peggy Martin & Bud Manke of Cedar Creek Gardens, hosted a high tunnel and caterpillar tunnel workshop on May 9, 2022 near Midland, SD.

SDSPA members, Peggy Martin & Bud Manke of Cedar Creek Gardens, hosted a high tunnel and caterpillar tunnel workshop on May 9, 2022 near Midland, SD.

Participants learned about construction, site and bed preparation and other tips and tricks from the Cedar Creek operators, who have utilized the tunnel systems for several years. Cedar Creek Gardens is a 12 acres farm with five high tunnels in production of specialty crops. 

Producers learned about high tunnel systems and how to prepare the soil and arrange the beds within the system for planting. They learned about venting the tunnels and irrigating the beds and how to increase production by growing vertically. 

The attendees participated in hands-on caterpillar tunnel construction, gaining skills they can take back to their own operation for installing tunnel systems.