Hoophouse production

blueberries in a hoophouseGrowing for Market has been promoting the benefits of hoophouse production for more than a decade, since the GFM editors put up four hoophouses on their own farm in Kansas. It's hard to overstate the importance of a hoophouse to a small-scale vegetable and flower farm. The benefits are so significant that we believe a hoophouse should be one of the first things you buy when starting a small farm. You are much more assured of success growing in a hoophouse than outside. 

You can trust Growing for Market to keep you informed about developments in hoophouse production. You'll find updates on this website, and you'll read the most cutting-edge practical articles in the regular issues of Growing for Market. If you're not already a subscriber, please join us and subscribe today.

cover of the hoophouse handbook
The Hoophouse Handbook is a collection of articles from GFM about hoophouse production. It covers buying, siting and building the best structure for your location, plus articles by growers all over North America about the most valuable crops to grow in a hoophouse. The Hoophouse Handbook is 60 pages, softcover, with color photos. $16, or $12.80 for GFM subscribers. Buy The Hoophouse Handbook

Now available: Growing for Market focused on hoophouse production in 2010. This 36-page book is a collection of all those articles.

If you missed the 2010 issues of Growing for Market, you can purchase this collection of articles about hoophouse Hoophouse Updateproduction. Topics include:

  • The most profitable uses for valuable hoophouse space
  • Innovations in sidewalls, inexpensive new do-it-yourself ideas
  • Managing soils, pests, weeds, diseases in the hoophouse
  • Movable hoophouses: why and how
  • Common hoophouse problems solved
  • How to use a hoophouse in a mild climate
  • How to tighten up a hoophouse for a frigid climate
  • A quick and easy system for putting row cover on crops inside the hoophouse
  • Scheduling crops (when to plant) and projecting income
  • Cold-tolerant vegetables for fall harvest, winter harvest, and overwintering for early spring harvest
  • Caterpillars: an inexpensive variation
  • Drop-down (rather than roll-up) sidewall curtains
Click Here to order

The Hoophouse Handbook and the Hoophouse Update are also availble together at a discount. Click here to find out more

These articles have recently been added to Growing for Market Online

  Hoophouse party
  How to get snow off a hoophouse
  USDA reports huge increase in protected food crops
  Advice from growers on what kind of hoophouse to buy
  What to Start in the Hoophouse
  More information on hoophouses
  NRCS program to help with hoophouses