High tunnels are becoming increasingly popular for use by small farm operators who often market directly to consumers. They have also proven to be economically advantageous to farmers who wish to capitalize on high prices obtained either early or late in the growing season.
Extension and research personnel at the University of Kentucky have been working to develop a low cost high tunnel covered with a single layer of plastic that can be quickly assembled.
This low cost high tunnel provides about 3 degrees F in frost protection and the design has proven to withstand 60 mph winds with little damage in central and western KY.
The following demonstrates step-by-step instructions on how to assemble this type of tunnel. This design is constantly being modified to find the most economical use of money and labor while still providing a sturdy useful structure.