Author Archives: Andrea Eygenraam

Fall Shipping at Multi Shelters

Just a quick note that we are now starting to book into November for our orders, so if you are planning to get your building before snow, please make sure to get the order in soon to secure your place in the queue. When we go out to ACORN conference on the east coast in November is usually our final east coast shipment of the year, depending if the weather holds out, so please factor that into your planning. We look forward to helping you with your Structure project!

So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse…Your Guide For Planning a Greenhouse Purchase

Norm just published a book that we wanted to let you know about.
“So You Want to Buy a Greenhouse: Your Guide to Planning a Greenhouse Purchase”

​It’s available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page

We appreciate your support!

We are quite excited and know it will be a valuable resource for many. We will also have limited copies available at our open house June 2, 2017 10am-3pm or you can email or call the office and we will ship you out a copy if you don’t want to purchase online.

Based largely on Norm’s Greenhouses 101 speech from the Guelph Organic Conference, with many extra tidbits and stories from Norm’s experience along the way over the last 45 years, it’s certainly a useful resource for anyone considering, or maintaining their structure of any application. Please contact us if you have any questions. We hope you’ll enjoy the book, and that we’ll see you at the open house in a few weeks!

“I should have known that I would get into this business when I was younger because the highlight of my birthday was always getting new pieces to my Mechano set. Now, I often describe these structures as big Mechano sets. It feels very fitting.”

Are you considering purchasing a greenhouse to start your own operation?
Are you unsure of all your options and what you should know?
Do you want to know what you’re getting into?

Using Norm Eygenraam’s 45 years experience in the industry, we have created this book for you to help! Through illustrations, tips, stories, photos and more, we help you understand all you need to consider. We do use Multi Shelter Solutions examples throughout, as that is what we have easiest access to, but this is by no means a sales book.

This guide is meant to inform you of your choices and show you key considerations in your planning journey. We have tried to make this book as informative as possible, no matter which direction you choose to go.

Enjoy, and happy planning!

Available on Amazon for purchase, or you can go through our facebook page
We appreciate your support! See you June 2nd at the open house!

**New Date** June 2nd Open House You’re Invited!

Save the date! June 2, 2017 10am-3pm will be our annual open house

Free food, prizes, workshops, meet & greet with the staff and more! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date

Wirelock & Sidewall Cover Fasteners

 Most buildings come with enough wirelock to be installed on top of the first and last hoop. Additional wirelock can be purchased to run along the sidewall, or to be used to attach the covering to the end framing or doors if desired.

The end wall tarp is sandwiched between channel and hoop, inserts hold the roof tarp in place. Please see videos on our covering FAQ page for more details

By installing the end channel and then removing it to install the end cover, your channel will be pre-bent and have the correct holes.

  •  Generally the channel is installed on the top of the end hoop with the open side UP
  • The plain channel does not have a front or a back, it is symmetrical.
  • Start at the bottom of the end hoop and work your way up, generally centered on the hoop
  • Secure with #12 x 3/4” speed screws at 12” centers, (small head screws give less wire interference)
  • Carefully line up the ends of consecutive pieces to eliminate edges which can tear the cover
  • Once you get to the top of the hoop, simply lean on the channel to bend it and then go down the other side
  • If you must cut at the top, wrap the ridge with duct tape to prevent cover tears
  • You will need to cut the last piece of channel to make it fit
  • If your structure is butted against a building it is easier to install the channel on the bottom of the hoop (please call for some additional instructions)

Side Wall Cover Fasteners (you have 3 choices)

Notes: Pipe Straps are supplied when a structure has roll-up side walls and/or anchor posts options. When base board (wood or steel) is fastened with pipe straps, the base board should be pushed in so that it butts into the last hoop

sidewall-fastenersPlease see our wirelock & sidewall cover fasteners page from the installation manual for more details and photos

Livestock Shelter Benefits

Animals thrive in a greenhouse type environment benefiting from

  • being dry
  • being out of the wind
  • being in the light without being in the direct sun.
  • The cushion of air created by the inflator fan will reduce the condensation
  • Roll up sides are added for easy natural ventilation.

Usually customers attach a snow fence or netting to the inside of the arch if the structure is mounted to the ground, so the animals do not come in contact with the cover or run away when the sides are rolled up.

A short wall is also an option to keep the animals away from the plastic while also increasing the sidewall height.

A white tarp covering may be used instead of the double white poly, especially in situations where the animals are going in and out on their own accord when they require shelter.

Read more on our livestock page for more information

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Recycling Greenhouse Plastic

RECYCLING YOUR OLD GREENHOUSE PLASTIC OPTIONS
(please note MSS does not endorse or finance any of the following options, this information is meant as a guide only.)

http://www.plastics.ca/Recycling/FindARecycler/index.php

click here for more info and specific recyclers

RV Cathedral Shelters

We get many requests from customers who would like an economical way to protect their investment in their RV or trailer. The straight wall of the MSS Cathedral shaped structure creates a perfect solution for those who need head space more then floor space. Even though this is our most snow resistant model, the hoops are placed slightly closer than typical due to the wind loads. The opaque white tarp or white plastic cover lets in a good level up light while still protecting stored vehicles from fading and other harmful effects.

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The simplicity of the required base allows you to keep your options open. A 6×6 (or equivalent) timber pegged to the ground is all that is required. This allows easy relocation if circumstances change. Usually the back wall is framed in with studs and covered with one of our durable covers. The “finishing touch” can be a simple roll up door which allows the whole end to open up. When finishing the ends the should be a small vent near each peak to allow the building to get rid of excess moisture.

Please see more info and pricing on our applications page

 

Organic Greenhouses/Shelters-uses and benefits

There are many benefits to having a greenhouse structure for organic growing and housing. They are often used a season extender for protecting crops from the elements, blight, and fungus. Since Organic growers and farmers do not use pesticides, this type of protection is often required for some of the more sensitive crops.smaller high profile

The structures are easy to move to allow the expansion of the growing area.These structures can easily help to give you the opportunity to grow more crops in a limited area. What many of our customers also do, particularly with Hanley Caterpillar structures, is start growing the early crops under the protection of the structure, and as the crop is stable enough, they move the structure to be able to start the next planting.

Knight Hanley Structure

Our structures are also used for organic livestock raising to ensure the animals have a healthy, safe and protected environment out of the elements. They are versatile structures, and only require the changing of clear to white plastic for the various uses. The environment allows the animals to have sunlight, but still get the shade they require.

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The combination of the double layer of plastic, roll up sides, and inflator fan, on both the greenhouse and livestock shelters, helps to reduce condensation and keep the structure ventilated. We are excited to be working on a solar powered fan option for those off grid customers or if the structure is out in the field away from electricity as we know many of our organic growers and farmers are in these situations.

Giving back to Food Banks Article

This is always worth a repost to acknowledge Hunger Week and raise awareness. Every day, thousands go hungry and need to access food banks. They need fresh, healthy food as well. Multi Shelters takes these causes seriously, and we do our best to help out where we can. If you work with a project that could use some of our support, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can see what we can do!

This was originally posted on our website Nov 30, 2015 https://multisheltersolutions.com/2015/11/30/giving-back-to-food-banks-article/

We thought we’d share with you an article we recently found on the New Brunswick Food Security website http://www.nbfoodsecurity.ca/2013/11/

Multi Shelter Solutions helps local food bank extend the season!

(Source: ACORN blog)

ACORN conferences are a fun and educational way to connect with other organic producers and consumers from across Atlantic Canada and beyond.  Stronger connections lead to stronger communities and a greater organic resilience in the region.

photo(3)Norm  Eygenraam proved this at their Greenhouse Conference last February.  Norm, the President of Multi ShelterSolutions was so impressed by theWest End Food Bank’s Garden of Hope Project he offered to donate a greenhouse to the project.  The Garden had just completed construction on a new greenhouse and so thoughtfully asked if they could pass on the generous gift to another food project in the area. Foods of the Fundy Valley, a non-profit organization dedicated to the production and consumption of local goods in Albert County, gratefully accepted the greenhouse for their garden club at theRiverside Consolidated School in Riverside-Albert.  Now that their growing season has been extended, they plan to share their bounty by cooking hot lunches for the kids, and donating any excess to the Shepody Food Bank.

We at ACORN would like to say an official and public THANK YOU!  to Norm and his generous contribution to food production in New Brunswick. Be sure to chat with Norm and the rest of our supportive Trade Show partners at the Delta Beauséjour – November 20th – 22nd.www.acornconference.org.

*edit, ACORN conference for 2015 has ended last week, but you can find us back again there next year, and at other Organic Events around Ontario as well, Eco Farmers-December, Grey Bruce Farmers day-Eco Farm day-January, Guelph-January, Eco Farm Day-January

Trade Show Season!

Sept 13-15 Outdoor Farm Show Woodstock, ON
Sept 20-24 International Plowing Match Harriston, ON
Oct 27 & 28 OSMA Convention & AGM Alliston, ON
Nov 28-30 ACORN Moncton, NB

We are pleased to be able to connect with our new and existing customers every year at a trade shows to answer questions and display some of our structures and parts we use. There’s something unique about face to face contact whenever possible. Unfortunately that also means time away from the office.

We always do our best during this busy time to keep up with all requests and deliveries in a timely manner and we sincerely appreciate your patience.

As fall comes knocking, so too will winter soon enough. This always increases demands for delivery times before any weather events. We recommend getting your order in as soon as possible to avoid any extra challenges. As always, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs; however, please be advised, delivery times are increased between September-December.

We look forward to helping you with your next project and answering any outstanding questions you may have.