Spring Winds and Field Tunnels

Here’s another quick update before we get back to seed crop planning.

Whether it’s wet, dry, hot or cold; the one thing that doesn’t change on our farm is the wind.

In mid April, on one of windiest days this spring, I was seeding in the greenhouse. Reid came by as he secured things around the farm. He asked me if we should close the field tunnel up.

April 11, 2011

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The field tunnel doors had been open during the previous week to ventilate moisture and moderate temperatures.

I peeked at the tunnel and told Reid it seemed to be holding up pretty well. I thought we could leave the tunnel doors open.

About an hour later, I walked by the tunnel.

This is what the site looked like the next day. The endwalls had been knocked off and the plastic had slipped off the structure. Luckily there was little damage to the arches.

Plus the seed crops are still standing.


In the end, the main thing that was damaged was my morale. Still, I wished I’d listened to Reid.

2 thoughts on “Spring Winds and Field Tunnels

  1. Sorry to hear about the tunnel. At the Cap we’re thinking of installing a caterpillar tunnel, so I’m trying to pull out my notes and recall lessons learned from last year’s windstorm… I expect the wind won’t be such an issue though. Thanks for the update.

  2. Hi Heather,

    Our reinforced catterpillar tunnel has done well through this spring’s winds and is still standing.

    This week we’re putting up another 300ft catterpillar tunnel. I’ll probably post some pictures a little later.


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