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Guelph Organic Conference: Early Bird Deadline to save ends TODAY!

Good morning and Happy New Year!!
We wanted to pass this special  discount offer on to everyone since
Norm will be doing an extended 3 hour workshop on the Friday January 25th
and we didn’t want you to miss the opportunity to save!

Have no fear though, if you see this after the deadline, you can still register, as you don’t want to miss his special extended workshop.

We will also be at the free trade show on Saturday and Sunday so feel free to stop by and say hi and ask Norm any questions you may have.

Norm has presented the last few years on

This year he will delve even deeper… here’s a sneak peek at what his presentation will be about:

Title : Boosting organic greenhouse production like a pro
Theme : Harvest the untapped potential in your greenhouse structure  –  are the unknowns and unexpecteds reducing your yields?

The 5 areas to be covered in the presentation:

  1. Moving greenhouses to keep your soil fresh and your structure secure
  2. Proper trellising to keep the load balanced, room to work and room to grow
  3. Air flow and plant health, the need to keep the air moving, the difference between a draft and a breeze
  4. Heating to boost yields and save you money
  5. Moisture control, keeping the cover dry and the soil moist

Norm, a perennial presenter, brings 40+ years of experience to help you fine-tune the performance curve of your greenhouse structure. Bring your questions!

Book early to save your spot and save on the registration cost. We look forward to seeing you out!!

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Register immediately
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Early Bird Rates only available until this
Thursday, January 10th midnight.

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.

Goats5

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.

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.

Goats5

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 have different options to power the inflator fan or create the cushion of air required for the double layer poly benefits 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.

Guelph Organic Conference Update

Please note we will not be at #goc17 until the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you and chatting then

It was a wonderful day yesterday at the trade show and with Norm speaking. So many great questions.

We will have Norm’s talk posted next week on our website and YouTube channel so stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone for your interest and enthusiasm!

Guelph Organic Conference: Season Extension Technology 

Come hear Norm speak this morning at the Guelph Organic Conference 

“Season extension technology” is a broad topic which includes making your existing greenhouse into a more efficient year round production space. Season extension also includes the use of your structure in more then one place. Norm is looking forward to sharing from his 40+ years of knowledge and experience to help you get better value out of your greenhouse dollars. This workshop will build on what was presented previously in Greenhouses 101 and 102.

http://guelphorganicconf.ca/sessions/expert-greenhouse-choices-for-your-market-garden-operation/

January Tradeshows & Speaking Events

Grey Bruce Farmers Week Jan 9 Eco Day
Norm is speaking “Movable Greenhouses & Other Season Extending Operations” Jan 9 9:30-10am

Guelph Organic Conference Jan 28-29
Norm is speaking “Expert Choices for Your Market Garden” Jan 28 10:45-12pm

We look forward to seeing you out!

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.

Goats5

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.

Greenhouses 202: Making Sure Your Structure Survives the Elements

Norm did a presentation at the Guelph Organic Conference on Greenhouses 202: Making sure your structure survives the elements. The presentation is broken into three parts for easy viewing, the last section of which is the Q&A. These tips apply for greenhouses, storage buildings, livestock shelters, really anything we sell. Key Points Covered in the presentation:

1. Some basic principles of engineering so that the forces exerted on the buildings could be better understood.
2. The many components of anchoring. Anchoring prevents a structure from settling under snow load, prevents lifting under aerodynamic forces and prevents shifting with wind forces.
3. The similarities of an airplane wing to the shape of a structure. What happens when surfaces become bigger, wider. lower and higher.
4. How uneven loads can happen and how to prevent them.
5. The proper procedure to removing excessive snow load

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that may arise. You can see the rest of our how to collection of videos on our channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcLxDBMpNEv4qn_Nua9lg5Q

https://youtu.be/TS1y_UmMJ38

https://youtu.be/zTAeGxObtGs

https://youtu.be/y8NGn4jqA4c

Guelph Organic Conference Jan 30 & 31 We hope to see you!

This weekend is the Guelph Organic Conference, January 30-31, 2016 at the
Guelph University Center, Guelph, ON and we hope you can make it out.

Norm is speaking on Greenhouses 202: How to get your structure to survive the elements. Last year he spoke on Greenhouses 101: Knowing the basics before you buy which you can view the archive of our previous posts and a video of his speech.

As a review of the Organic offerings and information we have posted, please see
Organic Greenhouses/Shelters-uses and benefits
Feature: Organic Greenhouses
Happy Organic Week

Greenhouses 202: How to get your structure to survive the elements

Norm will be speaking on Saturday morning at the Guelph Organic Conference at Guelph University. We are eagerly anticipating getting to see many of you either at the workshop or the trade show. Below is an overview of what Norm will be speaking about. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

The purpose of this workshop is to share some of my 40+ years of experience to save you some grief and expense. This workshop is an expansion of part of last year’s workshop “Greenhouses 101” which is on our website.

We will be covering the three forces which are exerted on a building: Up, Down and Lateral. These forces will be looked at in the context of aerodynamics and weather. Examples of each problem will be given and preventive measures to be used.

Some basic principles of engineering – how going wider and/or higher becomes exaggerated
Security of your building starts with proper anchoring. How much anchoring is enough or too much?
How is stability affected when the anchor point is not at the ground?
How does structure shedding rain affect the holding power of anchors?
How does recent excavation have on holding power?

Down force is commonly referred to as snow load. The most commonly asked question is “how is the structure rated for snow load?”

A worst case scenario is a combination of freezing rain, snow, rain and wind.
The issues with an uneven snow load – all on one side or all on one end
Issues of snow sliding from a higher building to a lower building
Shape and slope are important to good snow shedding.

How does a structure get evaluated for strength?
Going from wind load to snow load, shape and size do matter.
Proper ways to remove snow and or ice from a building.

Uplift and Lateral forces are not the same but very interrelated
Comparing the profile of a structure to an aircraft wing
What effects are there when the cover area is expanded by going higher or wider?
How does aerodynamics change for multiple units side by side?

What is the minimum space requirement between structures?
How does orientation affect the structure?
Forces on a structure with no cover
What constitutes a good wind break?

We hope you can come out and ask any questions you have face to face with Norm. It should be a great day!