Model Business Plan for Season Extension Hoophouses (E3112)
Growers can learn whether adding a hoophouse to their nursery, vegetable or floral production systems would be economically viable by using the information and spreadsheets contained in this plan.
Background: Since 2006, Michigan State University (MSU) faculty and staff members, working with farmers and community partners throughout the state, have conducted research on hoophouses (also known as high tunnels) for use in extending the season for vegetable and small fruit production. Results of the research indicate that, with good management and growing consumer demand for locally grown foods, hoophouses can contribute to farm profitability. Statewide outreach efforts based on the research have reached almost 2,000 current and prospective growers.