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Illinois Specialty Growers Association Conference

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center Springfield, Illinois 29 Springfield, IL United States (map)

Workshop 1: Constructing Passive and Active Heating and Cooling Systems for High Tunnels and Greenhouses

  • Site Selection: Connecting to farm buildings and fields, electricity, vehicle/equipment access, micro-climate, solar access

  • Grading/Prep: Drainage, slope angles, weed control, soil prep

  • Construction: Material considerations, anchoring, snow loads

  • Heating and Cooling: Passive and active systems using internal/external ponds, barrels, hydronic heat, and solar/electric powered ventilation systems

Workshop 2: Compost Heat and Carbon Dioxide Extraction for Greenhouses and High Tunnels

  • Location considerations: Food safety, odor, drainage, solar access

  • Direct wall connections: Wall material options

  • Hydronic system connections: Internal pipe systems, concrete slab systems

  • Heat Exchangers: EPDM benchtop, barrel, pond

  • Row covers: EPDM and barrel systems

  • Carbon dioxide extraction: design and safety

Later Event: January 22
SSWAG Conference