New York Agriculture in the Classroom has been granting high tunnels to schools and support high tunnels in schools for over six years. These unheated greenhouse structures significantly extend the school gardening season, allowing most schools to grow from March to December.
The high tunnels are manufactured by a grower who developed and uses this system on his own high tunnel farm in Penn Yann, NY.
The structure is strong, holding up to strong wind and large snow loads.
Schools applying for a high tunnel must answer additional questions in their application process.
As a note, schools with already existing outdoor gardens have seen the greatest success in introducing a high tunnel. When applying, please consider if your school has the gardening experience to scale up to these highly productive systems.
We do provide a construction guide, but some skill is required to build the high tunnel.
Along with the tunnel itself, $750 will be provided to help purchase materials to outfit your tunnel with raised beds, benches, etc.