2011 Seasonby Mike Bollinger
This year was a huge success for Four Season Tools. We had several great opportunities to build high tunnels all over the country that allowed us to meet folks that are brand new to high tunnel growing, as well as those who are expanding their season extension systems.
We visited a couple of farmers in Burlington, Wisconsin recently to help them out with their two-position 30’x96’ high tunnel on V-Track. Despite some cold weather and a little rain, we were able to get the frame standing in four hours with the help of some really hard-working locals. This is the first movable structure on the property and the owners are very excited to get growing inside of their new tunnel.
Another build took us to Afton, Minnesota where we installed two new three-position 30’x48’ high tunnels on V-Track. We had to battle some rain and wind, but were able to get the two structures standing. Standing straight as arrows and rolling beautifully, the high tunnels will be great additions to this new farm. These are the first structures on the property, but the farmers are already considering a third. We’d love to see them again!
We had the pleasure of spending five weeks on beautiful North Haven island off the coast of Maine putting up two new three-position 30’x48’ tunnels on V-Track, as well updating two existing 30’x48’ structures to metal endwalls/sidewalls and new plastic. We also spent a bit of time doing general maintenance on the existing tunnels and their 22’x36’ hoop coop. These structures have to be tough, as it is not uncommon to see 70+ mph winds on the island. While the weather was generally lovely, we did experience one of these storms while on the island and can say proudly that the high tunnels performed wonderfully. There are now five movable high tunnels on the property, as well as one movable hoop coop.
We’d like to thank the folks at each of these farms and all the others we worked with this past year for all the hospitality and assistance we received during these projects. It has been a sincere pleasure working with all of them.
Posted by Mike Bollinger on January 17, 2012 in News.