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Frazee farm's field day to examine high tunnel vegetable production using solar energy

Dallas and Mary Flynn, owners and operators of Forest Glenn Farm in Frazee, are hosting an on-farm field day to compare two high-tunnel methods of growing tomatoes and cucumbers on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Flynns received a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Grant to use solar energy to heat the soil in a high tunnel growing environment and compare it to traditional high tunnel production that uses no heat.

A high tunnel is a plastic-covered structure that provides better protection and temperature control than field conditions.

Forest Glenn Farm, a local organic farm, grow tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as shiitake mushrooms. Their produce can often be purchased at the Lakes Area Farmer's Market throughout the summer months at Detroit Lakes' City Park on Tuessdays and Saturdays.

The schedule of the field day will include coffee and rolls, a tour and discussion of the high tunnels, lunch, and discussion of the shiitake mushrooms and other organic farming topics.

Forest Glenn Farm is located off Highway 10 at the end of Rice Lake Road, between the towns of Frazee and Perham. Signs will be posted.

For more information, you may contact Dallas Flynn at 218-841-6380 or at