This article discusses work in Michigan to test the contributions of hoophouses to farm profitability and food systems sustainability. On-farm enterprise budgets and farmer interviews reveal that hoophouses can earn profit for farmers producing fresh, locally grown produce throughout the year, but that production and marketing management are critical to success. A series of training and educational activities are underway, including efforts to create model business plans and familiarize agricultural lenders and professionals with this technology. Greater resources are needed to develop and implement train-the-trainer models, to ensure delivery of needed expertise with sufficient quality control guarantees.
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Conner, D., Montri, A., Waldman, K., Biernbaum, J., & Hamm, M. W. (2011). Hoophouse Contributions to Farm Profitability and Food System Sustainability: Lessons from Michigan. The Journal of Extension, 49(1), Article 32. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.01.32