New Vrindavan, the very first ISKCON farm community in West Virginia established in 1968, has got its first “high tunnels” to extend their vegetable growing season. High tunnels are unheated but they keep the temperature 5-15 degrees above the ambient and protect plants from drying wind. While frost has already hit other farms in the area, New Vrindavan high tunnels still provide fresh flowers like daffodils and tulips, and even roses were growing there until November. They also continue growing beets, spinach, carrots, and hipster favorite kale.  December-January colds will eventually stop production, but high tunnels will allow to start planting several weeks earlier, altogether adding about three months to a season each year. What is also interesting is that these high tunnels were installed by an Amish company – another spiritual community dedicated to simple living and high thinking.

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