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: Covering Options

We have previously covered the idea that while considering your structure choices you will have to weigh cost versus benefit or return. There is no area which this is more true then with cover choices. The wide range of cover choices include glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene and woven products. Within each of these products there is an equally great variety of choices. Along with each of these choices there is a huge variation in cost and function or performance.

At Multi Shelter Solutions we manufacture a wide range of shapes and sizes of predominantly plastic and tarp covered buildings. Because these buildings and shelters are narrower and have a reduced hoop spacing, we can use a lighter cover of the options available. The easiest way to get a comparative cost is to take the replacement cover cost divided by the years of expected life span to get an annual cover cost.

Our 7 mil plastic covers can be used as a single layer or double with air between for a 30% reduction in heat loss and to minimize condensation. These covers have a 4 year warranty against deterioration by the sun. Plastic is available in clear (greenhouses) and white (livestock shelters) and comes in various thicknesses. The average life span is 5 – 6 years for single layer and 6 – 8 years for double although 10 years is not uncommon.

Our 12mil white woven covers have a much greater tear resistance then plastic. This makes a good alternative when there will be some contact between product and cover. By providing shade, the white tarp is cooler in the summer. By still letting light in, it is warmer in the winter. Typical life span is 10 year. We offer a green tarp as well but due to the heat it absorbs, the life span is typically 3 years less then white.

You can see more info on these choices on our covering page or with 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! As always, we are happy to help you with any of your questions regarding planning or options as you are considering your structure purchase.