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Old February 3, 2016   #16
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I hope it slides off. Manute Bol wouldn't have hit his head in there.
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Old February 3, 2016   #17
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Good info PureHarvest! I need to check into it again. I grow on a 360 acre farm owned by my cousins, I have a 2 acre plot (surrounded by timber) I can pretty much do whatever I want, I was looking at me applying for the grant, which probably wouldn't work... But if my cousins applied, since they grow corn and beans on the property, they probably would... Interesting!
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Old February 3, 2016   #18
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They can sign a Land Use form and assign you as the "Operator". It is a simple one page form. You can then sign up as an individual (instead of a business entity) and just use your Social Security number which makes all the application paperwork MUCH easier.
Keep in mind that if you apply in 2016 (our deadline here is mid-October) you will not get ranked and then potentially approved until spring 2017. So it is not an instant approval.
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Lots of good info, now I just need to actually turn a profit for 3 years
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Thanks so much PureHarvest! You're a wealth of information!
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Old February 3, 2016   #21
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Lots of good info, now I just need to actually turn a profit for 3 years
Apparently, there may be "workarounds" to get the grant, already dreaming of a
20 x 100 High Tunnel...
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Old February 3, 2016   #22
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Apparently, there may be "workarounds" to get the grant, already dreaming of a
20 x 100 High Tunnel...
I actually made a profit above the cost of my 20×96 the first planting!
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Old February 3, 2016   #23
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Big Van, I'm not sure if you mean to get a grant, or you just need to turn a profit LOL
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Old February 3, 2016   #24
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pmc, or anyone for that matter, just ask me if you have any questions regarding NRCS cost share programs. My program guide is 152 pages!
Don't have a well/water for your high tunnel? There's a program for that! Including the pipe to get the water from your well to your structure!
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Old February 3, 2016   #25
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7 acre lake (35' deep) sitting about 100 yards from where I'm growing, plus city water, well water
would be good too!
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Old February 3, 2016   #26
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I'm sorry this post has been hijacked by me, I'll shut up now...
Apologies sent...
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Old February 3, 2016   #27
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Well tbh I'm just doing it for fun ATM, but I would like to be able to do it full time so I'm getting more serious about it. Working full time makes it hard to "all in" because when it comes down to it I'm gonna play with my kids rather than work 16 hours a day, even if it isn't a sound business decision. That said growing is joy to me and I think it would be a outstanding business for a family.

I feel blessed to have found this site. Threads like this lead me to useful info and I follow that lead. Last year I learned a lot from here and from mother nature, which is why I chose to grow several regional hybrids this coming season.

Hellman's I would love to hear more about your operation like which varieties you grew, how many etc, any knowledge is appreciated and that goes for all of you. I am just getting my feet wet in this whole thing.

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Old February 3, 2016   #28
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I'm sorry this post has been hijacked by me, I'll shut up now...
Apologies sent...
Good point.
Sorry Cole. Wasn't trying to come on here and point out your ideas as wrong.
I like simple too. I've always wanted to build a small structure from scratch/scraps for the satisfaction of it. I like your tunnel.
Kinda like back in the day when you dump all your Lego sets together and make your own creation, disregarding the instructions.
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Old February 3, 2016   #29
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I have Coles whole frame bent and everything I just need help to put it up.
It is out in the shed I have had it for years.

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Old February 3, 2016   #30
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Worth, I'll help you.
Just need an SASE to Texas LOL.
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