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High-Tech Tools
Growers try new
irrigation products,
Developer details work
poured into Caulilini
Sunlight, dates key to
high tunnel production
August 2019 | Volume 53 |
Issue 8
Revolution Farms reforms
practices to stay strong
Benjamin Kant is Revolution Farms' grower and senior product manager. Photos: Stephen Kloosterman
By Stephen Kloosterman
Associate Editor
Revolution Farms is showing how
dynamic a startup growing operation
can be in order to meet its goals.
The farm in Caledonia, Michigan,
harvested its first greens in October
2018, and growers say the greens
are being well-received. Originally
conceived, built and operated as an
aquaponics operation, in the summer
of 2019 the business replaced the fish
with other organic fertilizer. Even so,
the leafy greens continue to flourish
in the expansive new greenhouse.
The growing operation consists of
about one acre of indoor space for
growing greens and a cold packing
facility. The operation employs
about 20 people and produces about
350,000-450,000 pounds of produce
per year.
In the case of Revolution Farms,
a local group of investors came
together to finance the startup in west
Michigan's Caledonia.
" They all have a lot of experience
building companies, and I think they
want to get into a space where they
could do good by doing well, " grower
and senior product manager Benjamin
Kant said of the investors. " This
is a rapidly developing industry,
See REVOLUTION, page 5
High tunnels use grows in Mid-Atlantic region
By William James Lamont Jr.
Penn State University
In 1998, when Mike Orzolek
and myself founded the Penn State
Center for High Tunnel Research and
Education, we were building on the
excellent research and Extension work
already conducted by Otho Wells,
University of New Hampshire.
In recent conversation with Wells,
professor emeritus, he said that he
began investigating tunnels back in
1983. His first tunnels were made
by bending electrical conduit into
hoops wide enough to cover a row of
tomatoes grown using black plastic
mulch and drip irrigation and were six
feet high.
Wells then connected with Ed
Person from Ledgewood Farms in
Moultonborough, New Hampshire
who was experimenting with
manufacturing of walk-in high tunnel
frames and together they perfected
a walk-in high tunnel design for the
New England region and a system for
growing early tomatoes. When Wells
See TUNNELS, page 12
Tomatoes are the No. 1 crop grown in
high tunnels. Photos: William Lamont

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