Tag Archives: Organic

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 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.

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.

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

Giving back to Food Banks Article

We always appreciate stumbling upon others mentions of us, sharing how we can help others. 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

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.

The structures are easy to move to allow the expansion of the growing area. Much like Jean-Martin Fortier’s initiative for Growing Better, Not Bigger, these structures can 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.

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.

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.

Happy Organic Week 2015!

We at Multi Shelter Solutions are proud to be associated with the Canadian Organic Growing Community. Through events such as the Guelph Organic Conference, which Norm speaks and MSS exhibits, the ACORN Conference on the East Coast, and our new membership in the Eco Farmers Association joining their show, we are able to stay connected with up to date information, as well as  having that face to face connection with the members of the Organic Community. We have been fortunate to partner with Jean-Martin Fortier, Bethany Acres and Abundant Acres to be part of educational workshops as well. We are pleased to be working on continued improvements in our product offerings to help match the growing interest and demand of today’s culture and trends.

We hope you are able to get involved with one of the many Organic Week 2015 events happening near you. There’s still 4 more days to enjoy the many samples, farm tours, workshops and information seminars in your community. Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. See the link for more events and information!

http://organicweek.ca/find-an-event/

Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Choices

GREENHOUSES 101: How do you match the available options with your circumstances and requirements?

You might be wondering……What is a greenhouse? Why is it necessary? What are some of my choices and the consequences of my choices? Greenhouse choices are determined by purpose, size, shape, covering, orientation and location. How do you prioritize? 

Making a wish list of the things you are dealing with and the things you would like the greenhouse to do can be a good start. What can you change or not change? We can help you with how to make your wish list and then prioritizing the things that are most important or the things that really can’t be changed.

Check out the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of  January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202! Download our STEPS TO YOUR SHELTER CUSTOMIZATION for your Project for reminders of items to consider before you purchase.

Merry Christmas from Multi Shelters-Christmas Shut down

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Just a quick update for everyone that Multi Shelter Solutions will be closed from December 24-January 4. We will be reopening again for regular business January 5, 2015.

If you have a shelter emergency or other urgent question you can contact us using our contact form here. We will do our best to reply to you within 24 hours.

We would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to working with you on your 2015 shelter project. Thanks again for all your interest and support this past year, making it a record breaking year for us. We are excited for all the new year holds.candy cane