Root Mass Farm is a 5-acre farm in Oley, PA, that uses organic methods to produce vegetables, melons, perennial herbs, and berries. They received a $3,986 grant to build a 21×48-foot hoop house and plant fig trees.
Despite a difficult season due to heavy rains that resulted in several crop failures, Root Mass Farm was able to construct their hoop house and get it planted with 21 fig trees.
“The fig tunnel has given us the opportunity to talk to our customers about organic fruit production and the challenges growers face in this region. The tunnel’s various components, like the insect netting and the ground cover, provide an entry point to discuss pests like the spotted lanternfly and the damaging impact of weed pressure.” —Lindsey Shapiro and Landon Jefferies, owners