With the upcoming storms in both Ontario and the east coast forecasted, we wanted to remind everyone: it’s okay, and even preferred that the buildings have some snow around them.
This prevents the wind from getting under them and it also means that the height above the ground is less. This significantly decreases the aerodynamic lift.
As we’ve stated in our winter care articles and in the installation guide, there are things you can do to prepare your building to withstand the storms as best as possible. Taking extra steps during the ‘worst case scenario’ situations can often make all the difference and help your building stay standing.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of these situations. Good luck and stay warm!
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In late July we had an opportunity of participating in two workshops in Nova Scotia where Jean-Martin Fortier was the featured speaker sharing in his philosophy and practices behind his book “The Market Gardener” (click here to purchase your own copy). Abundant Acres was the host farm on July 27 and Bethany Acres on July 28. Both farms have Multi Shelter greenhouses and tunnels. With 50 people in attendance at both locations, it was a wonderful opportunity of interacting with existing and potential customers. We thank everyone that was able to come out, or expressed interest in what went on.
The very unique approach to very intensive food production which Jean-Martin has documented in his book, has made it very popular. He has gotten amazing production and results from his 1-1/2 acres plot of land. Between his CSAs and two farmers markets, Jean-Martin, his wife and a couple seasonal employees are supplying approximately 220 families with weekly fresh vegetables. He does not own or use traditional tractor or rotor tiller. The center point of his land is the greenhouses and processing station with everything efficiently laid out around that.
A cornerstone to his philosophy and practices has to do with proper care and stewardship of the land. A lot of importance is placed on feeding the soil properly and giving the existing organisms in the soil proper chance to do the work they were created for. Everything is grown on 30” wide raised beds that are 100’ long with 18” wide aisles. Compost is added to the top of the bed and then very lightly worked in. Clear and black plastic are used in succession to trigger and kill weeds ahead of planting time.
Another point which Jean-Martin stresses over and over is efficiency. Everything is analyzed very carefully so that all the processes can be done at maximum efficiency. Crops that require the most attention are the closest and crops that require minimal attention are to the outer edges. Heavy feeding crops are always followed by a light feeding crop. During the down time in the winter, the results are further analyzed and everything is planned for including location and timing. No detail is too small not to be documented during the growing season so that it can be analyzed for better efficiency.
The workshops were a wonderful opportunity of learning things that are important to our customers to further guide them in finding their proper greenhouse solution during the purchase process and also learning the value and benefit of efficiency and prioritizing. We urge you to check out Jean-Martin’s book, and call us to help work out all your custom greenhouse solutions!
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Tagged abundant acres, bethany gardens, Eastern Canada, greenhouses, growing efficiency, jean-martin fortier, market gardener, Multi Shelter Solutions, nova scotia, prioritizing
Did you know that in many cases the difference in the exchange rate between Canada and the U.S. pretty well covers the freight? In most cases for the north eastern U.S. the currency exchange is about equal to the freight. We have started to ship a few buildings to the U.S. and look forward to helping more people find their shelter solution. Still made and manufactured in Palmerston, ON.
Canadian taxes are also charged by province, as per individual rates. We have shipped out west now as well! We have a new economical, efficient shipping crate that helps with ease of shipping in North America. We still have enough deliveries to make to the east coast that we can save you even more money with our Multi Shelter Solutions truck! Book now for spring delivery!
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Tagged buildings, deliveries, east coast deliveries, Eastern Canada, greenhouses, international shipping, Multi Shelter Solutions, North America, Storage, structures, Taxes, United States, Western Canada