by Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator | Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2021 —
Many of us are in the thick of the growing season right now, and the heat is picking up! Wouldn’t it be nice to shift some of this production to the winter? That’s exactly what we’ve been looking at over at Lomax Farm, CFSA’s education and research farm.
Last fall, we started a research project with Cooperative Extension to demonstrate the growth and profitability of sprouting broccoli as a winter market option. We trialed three different varieties of sprouting broccoli in a caterpillar tunnel in Concord, NC. The crop was extremely low maintenance and high yielding from November through March, with an estimated gross income per square foot at $5!
If you’re interested in trading in this heat for some cool winter growing this year, check our fact sheet from the project!
If you’re interested in learning more, peruse our other high tunnel content.
And if you want to take things offline, know that CFSA offers free high tunnel technical assistance to members! Anyone is welcome, so join today or let us know if cost is a barrier.