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Cullman Co Producer Increases Production and Quality

Conservation Showcase

 

Jeremy Calvert in his hoop house.
Calvert is pleased with his hoop house and the increase in production and crop quality.

By:  Murray Griffin, DC, NRCS, Cullman, AL

Jeremy Calvert is a produce farmer and poultry grower in Bremen in Cullman County. In 2010 he applied to NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) for a financial assistance pilot program through EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) to install a seasonal high tunnel (hoop house).

Calvert erected a 30’ x 96’ high tunnel. The first season he grew tomatoes. He states that the first season was a learning experience. The plants grew faster and the fruit was of a higher quality. Water consumption was less. This past season he grew strawberries. Calvert states that plant growth went well and production was high. He uses black plastic-covered rows in his high tunnel.

Calvert grows about twenty-five acres of produce on his farm. He grows cantaloupes, watermelons, squash, butterbeans, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables. He uses black plastic covered crop rows extensively along with irrigation from his pond.

Calvert has an orchard comprised of 400 peach trees.

Calvert also has 2 broiler houses. Each house is 40’ x 400’ holding a total of about 44,000 chickens.

Calvert’s wife Julie and eight year-old son, James, are both important in the farm production.