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NRCS Colorado Seasonal High Tunnel Project Initiative

National Seasonal High Tunnels Photo of Seasonal High Tunnel

Seasonal high tunnels are structures made of plastic or metal pipe and covered with plastic or other sheeting. Easy to build, maintain and move, they provide an energy-efficient way to extend the growing season. Unlike greenhouses, they require no energy, relying on natural sunlight to modify the climate inside to create favorable conditions for growing vegetables and other specialty crops.

NRCS will assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. The initiative has the potential to assist producers in addressing a resource concern by improving plant quality, improving soil quality, reducing nutrient and pesticide transport, improving air quality through reduced transportation inputs, and reducing energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.

NRCS accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Interested applicants should contact the local NRCS Field Office for assistance on completing the program application and associated conservation plan development.

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Complete the application using forms NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application and NRCS-CPA-1202, Conservation Program Appendix. En Español. You may complete and print the form online.  

Additional information about program can be found at NRCS at your local USDA Service Center.