High Hoop Tunnels
Through a Montana Department of Agriculture Growth through Agriculture Grant, a two-year high tunnel production system grant concluded in 2009. Because of the tentative success of the project, a three-year, movable high tunnel project proposal was written and has been funded through a USDA Specialty Crops Program Grant.
The development of these types of growing systems would allow producers and communities across the northern part of the United States the ability to replace some of the food currently being shipped into the region with fresh, locally-grown produce. By adding to the income of local producers and providing an additional source of local food, producers and local communities will become more sustainable and economically viable.
Many of the Saturday Farmers Market producers now have high hoop tunnels. The Farmers Market runs from the first Saturday in June through the second Saturday in October, or two weeks after the first frost.