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Building structures

What kinds of structures will you have at your farm?

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When planning and designing your urban farm, think about what structures you will have right away and what other structures you may want to add at a later date. You may want to build high tunnels, a storage shed, a protective covering for a fertilizer tank, a restroom, a dining area, a produce stand, etc.

Laying Ground Cover

              Landscape fabric was used as ground cover to provide a stable surface for the containers, provide a safe, walkable surface for visitors, and prevent the plants from growing roots into the ground. We chose to use 3.2 oz landscape fabric (GR-DLX-1030, Greenhouse Megastore, Danville, IL) and installed it after the high tunnels were assembled (Figure 13). The fabric was laid out either under the high tunnel or in the outdoor area and cut as needed, then secured into the ground using garden staples (GR-GS-ST500, Greenhouse Megastore, Danville, IL) (Figure 14). Ground cover can be installed before or after the high tunnel is built.

Figure 13. Twelve-foot-wide ground cover was secured under each high tunnel.
Figure 13. Twelve-foot-wide ground cover was secured under each high tunnel.

Figure 14. Ground cover was placed as a footprint of the outdoor growing area.
Figure 14. Ground cover was placed as a footprint of the outdoor growing area.