How to Use a Plastic Layer (+ Tips on Setting-Up Drip Irrigation)

Save the Date for SAC 2020!

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Dear Nahid,

I hope everyone safely weathered the storms that blew through the Carolinas earlier this month. I know of at least one CFSA farmer-member who experienced severe flooding from the storm, and it saddened me knowing it was not their first major flood, and that it won’t be their last.

Coincidentally, I had a number of conversations earlier this month with folks from various state agencies and institutions about climate change and the impact it is having on our farming community. While we all grapple with how to best support farmers experiencing increases in extreme weather events, one thing many of us agree on is the need for increased investment in conservation practices and programs to enable our farming community to be more resilient to extreme weather.

If you are a farmer, please consider signing the Farmer Letter on Climate Change Solutions in Agriculture, which is being circulated by a coalition of farm organizations and their allies around the country. This letter does not endorse specific policies but broadly calls for investments in agricultural solutions to the climate crisis, and your voice is critical in helping make that happen.

In addition to what’s below, we want you to know:




Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Associate Executive Director for Programs

PS – It was great to see some of you at our 2020 Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference in Raleigh last week. If you’re interested in seeing a few photos, check out CFSA’s Facebook photos.


Expert Tip: How to Use A Plastic Layer
In the field, having clean raised beds makes planting easier and tender transplants get a great start. One way we do that is by laying plastic as a mulch. At Lomax Farm, CFSA’s research and education farm, we love our plastic mulch layer, but it took a few seasons to really get the hang of using it well.

Watch our short video if you’re looking for tips and tricks on what we’ve learned over the seasons on how to use our plastic layer.

Mark Your Calendars
The 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be Nov. 6-8, 2020!

Want to present a workshop?
Apply for a scholarship?

We’ll be sure to share the details here over the next few months. Keep it tuned!

Expert Tip: How to Set-Up Drip Irrigation
Whether you’re inside a high tunnel or not, irrigation is key, and drip irrigation is one of our favorite tools. While it’s not difficult to lay out and connect all the lines, doing it properly can save you time, effort, and water.

This video is for you if you’re looking to get the hang of drip irrigation.

And if you want more detailed information on irrigation for high tunnels, check out our High Tunnel Irrigation Guide.