Specialty Crops

Photo of High Tunnel in Spring – taken at Juniper Hill Farms (KS)

In 2014, the Kansas Rural Center undertook a project to help Kansas farmers evaluate polytunnel options that would assist them in expanding specialty crop production on their farms. The KRC “Tunnel to Table” project produced a resource guide, decision-making tool, and regional workshop series, which took place throughout the 2014 growing season. A Specialty Crop Block grant awarded by the Kansas Department of Agriculture provided support for the project.

The Kansas Rural Center’s “Tunnel to Table” project was designed to help  Kansas farmers evaluate polytunnel (ex: high or low tunnel) options that would assist them in expanding specialty crop production on their farms.  During the 2014 growing season, KRC held regional Tunnel to Table workshops across Kansas and developed and released a resource guide and decision-making tool for farms.

To learn more about Tunnel to Table, please follow this link.

Growing Under Cover Part 2

The Kansas Rural Center’s Tunnels to Table Project entered its second phase in 2016. Dan Phelps took the project through its initial phase, reaching out to farmers across the state and completing the Growing Under Cover manual. In 2016, we are building upon this success and adding more depth to the previous work by focusing on the economics of high tunnel production. Tom Buller, a fruit and vegetable producer from Lawrence has stepped in to continue his work. Tom has been growing specialty crops for ten years, and has worked with 2 high tunnels. This project will focus upon the practices of five successful growers from across the state of Kansas and work to develop crop enterprise budgets of the most commonly grown high tunnel crops. By focusing upon the economics of high tunnel production, this project will make a convincing case that high tunnel production can be a very profitable part of agricultural production in Kansas.

For more on the second phase of this project, please visit – https://kansasruralcenter.org/category/tunnel-to-table/.