Greenhouse for Crop Propagation
Grant Award: $6,000
Motivated by the success of their 2019 grant, Full Moon Farm is adding a dedicated greenhouse for the propagation of all crops from seed. Until now, they have been using a patchwork system of seed propagation structures which keep them struggling with a myriad of economic, time, labor and resource issues. Much of the success achieved on the farm comes from a strong seed propagation program, which will be strengthened and made more efficient with this 2020 grant.
Additionally, they will be able to meet increasing demand from restaurants for vegetables as the greenhouse will also allow for increased production of crops like salad mix and beets. They will be purchasing a 22’ x 50’ caterpillar tunnel, which includes metal hoops, greenhouse plastic, wiggle wire attachments and hardware. A propane heater will also be added for efficient winter heating. With fans and venting, this greenhouse will be a cost-effective, low maintenance solution for the operation.
Full Moon Farm sells to nine restaurants, High Country Food Hub and multiple farmers markets in Watauga County.