1. Finding the Right Hoop Barn for Your Specific Farming Needs

    Finding the Right Hoop Barn for Your Specific Farming Needs

    A traditional storage building for your barn or property can be an expensive addition, even for a large-scale operation. When you need a durable outdoor shelter to contain anything from expensive machinery to animals, the first thing you may think of is constructing a barn or standalone building. However, there is a more cost effective and equally viable option: A hoop building. This choice can increase productivity and versatility without breaking the bank.

    What is a Hoop Building?

    A hoop building is one of the most versatile tools you can have on a farm. A hoop barn is a reliable alternative to a traditional barn and can also house anything from livestock to bulk storage. These buildings are also known as a high tunnel due to the arches that form a hooped roof. They are portable and lightweight, creating a convenient and functional structure for your needs.

    A hoop building from ShelterLogic is constructed with high-quality materials that can stand up to the elements to protect whatever you choose to keep inside. UV-treated fabric creates an ideal environment to grow crops or protect anything from livestock to animal feed from the harsh elements. Choose from a number of sizes ideal for anything from a compact bulk storage solution to a large-scale farming tool. You can even choose your own hoop barn kit for ultimate customization.

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  2. Why Choose a Custom ShelterTech SP Series Building?

    Why Choose a Custom ShelterTech SP Series Building?

    There are many benefits for any size company to invest in portable buildings. From the automotive to healthcare industry, there are a variety of ways storage buildings can help increase productivity, profitability, and even safety. But it’s also important to make sure the portable storage buildings are strong enough to take on the elements to protect your belongings. ShelterTech outdoor storage buildings are an affordable and versatile way to take strength and convenience to a whole new level. Here are 5 reasons to choose a ShelterTech SP series building. 

    ShelterTech Storage Buildings Are Affordable Without Sacrificing Quality 

    Whether your business is expanding and you need extra space in a snap, or you simply want a new storage building to protect products, ShelterTech SP Series storage buildings provide a rugged option that can fit any budget. This option is much more cost effective when compared to building a permanent building. However, you don’t have to sacrifice protection or quality. ShelterTech portable buildings are made from high-quality materials and include: 

    • US certified
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  3. 12 Tips for Proper Long-Term Car Storage

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    Looking for the perfect Christmas gift ideas for beloved family and friends?

    ShelterLogic Group has a wide array of brands with a broad offering of holiday gifts for all types of people in your life. From Gardening Grandkids, to yor New-Homeowner Niece, to Camping Cousins, to your DIY Dad: we've got all the great Christmas gifts you'll need to complete your 2020 holiday shopping.

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  4. Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    Choosing Snow and Wind Rated Buildings for Added Protection

    If you live in an area that gets a lot of wind and snow, it’s important to choose your outdoor storage buildings carefully. Understanding wind and snow ratings and making sure you choose structures that are built for your climate will help you avoid some significant problems – like a roof collapse.

    Not sure what these terms mean or how to choose a snow and wind rated building? No problem! The following guide will explain everything you need to know.

    What Are Wind and Snow Ratings?

    The term “wind rating” refers to a structure’s ability to withstand high winds, such as those caused by a hurricane, tornado, or microburst. A snow rating refers to the weight a structure can hold without the worry of a roof collapse.   

    Wind loads are specified in miles per hour, while snow ratings are quoted in PSF (pounds per square foot).

    Understanding Snow Load Density

    Knowing the snow rating of a structure is only half the battle. It’s also important to understand approximately how much the snow that has accumulated on your structure weighs. While a light snow load typically weighs anywhere from five to 20 pounds per square foot, a packed snow load will weigh closer to 20 to 40 pounds per square foot.

    If the packed snow contains ice, it could weigh between 40 and 57 pounds per square foot, and ice on its own weighs about 57 pounds per square foot. It's important to consider this when determining the snow rating you need. 

    Snow Load Accumulation

    Snow accumulation rates will also impact your structure's performance. For example, if your roof gets five inches of snow in one day, but then the weather warms up, and some of it melts before it snows again, then accumulation might not be a concern. However, if temperatures remain low and the snow keeps falling, it can quickly accumulate and potentially cause some issues. 

    Snow Rating Considerations

    When considering a building’s

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  5. 9 Ways That Municipalities Can Use Portable Garages, Carports, and Buildings

    9 Ways That Municipalities Can Use Portable Garages, Carports, and ShelterTech Buildings

    A growing number of municipalities are recognizing the value of using portable storage buildings and other outdoor structures like garages and carports to meet their needs. Not only is this a cost-effective solution, but these structures are also versatile enough to be used for a wide variety of purposes. They're also durable, reliable, safe, and reusable. This makes them ideal for cities, states, and local municipalities of all sizes. 

    While many outdoor structures work perfectly as-is, customizing your portable storage solutions can make them even more useful. In fact, there are many creative applications that may not have crossed your mind. Following are some of the most common ways municipalities across the country are taking advantage of portable outdoor structures.

    Portable Storage Space

    Insufficient storage is a common problem that plagues many municipalities. From overflowing filing cabinets to cluttered shelves and closets, the lack of space creates problems with efficiency and even possible safety issues. Due to the extra space needed to maintain social distancing, many offices and classrooms are finding that they need temporary storage solutions now more than ever. 

    A portable storage shed is ideal for holding extra furniture, equipment, and other items that may currently be crowding municipal offices and other buildings. Since storage sheds are available in so many different sizes, they’re practical for both small-scale and bulk storage needs. Placing them on the property

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  6. Urban Farming: How to Grow the Best Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

    Urban Farming: How to Grow the Best Variety of Fruits and Vegetables

    What fruits and vegetables should you grow on an urban farm? The options are nearly limitless, especially if your urban farming business is using greenhouses to facilitate growing. When you launch an urban farming business, you will want to grow what your community wants in terms of vegetables and fruits. Before you plant crops, it’s important to canvas the community and find out what types of produce they consume. This may dictate certain vegetables, spices, and herbs that are not native to your region. If you have a high tunnel greenhouse, the possibilities are endless. You can go beyond what the USDA’s hardiness zone map indicates. However, while thinking outside the box to please your community is great for business, you should also grow the basics that thrive well in your specific climate conditions, too.

    What Fruits and Vegetables Can Your Urban Farming Business Grow?

    There are many everyday staples you can grow on an urban farm throughout the year. For example, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and squash can grow in the summer in just about any region. Leafy greens like lettuce, cabbage, kale, and collards have strong leaves that can withstand the frost. You can grow just about any type of potato in the ground or in buckets at any time of year. And you can grow strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries in the spring for high summer demand. Let’s look at some of the various fruits and vegetables your urban farming business can produce.

    Root Vegetables and Tubers: Simply put, root vegetables such as carrots are vegetables with edible roots. Tubers are s

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  7. Solutions for Successful Urban Farming

    Solutions for Successful Urban Farming

    Urban farming is becoming more popular in America as people are turning to growing their own food in densely populated areas. What exactly is urban farming? According to, it’s any growing operation within a city that sells the food it produces. While there are many different techniques to creating the perfect environment for growing crops, here are some proven solutions to successful urban farming.

    Finding the Right Location

    Maybe you already own a plot of land and want to convert your backyard into an urban farm. Or if you don’t want to dig your yard up, you can rent or buy a plot of land. But before you get those seeds in the ground, look at the site’s security, access to water, soil quality and the distance you’ll have to travel to get there. Additionally, how close are you to a food dessert, and can urban farming help the community thrive? Also, check for zoning laws in your state: some states prohibit land use within city limits for agricultural use. Size doesn’t matter. Efficient landscaping techniques can help you carve out a garden in your small space. If you’re a first-time farmer, you may want to use less than a quarter acre to start. However, more land will give you room to expand, store equipment, add a greenhouse, and even ro

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  8. ShelterTech High Tunnel Greenhouse: A Large-Scale Farming Solution

    ShelterTech High Tunnel Greenhouse: A Large-Scale Farming Solution
    As a commercial farmer, you are always looking for the best ways to increase your large-scale farming yields. If you want to extend your growing season, you will need more greenhouse space to properly grow plants and vegetables. A high tunnel greenhouse could be the right solution for your large-scale farming needs. Here’s how high tunnels can help your large-scale farming operation produce higher yields, so you’ll sell more locally grown goods.

    What is a High Tunnel Greenhouse?

    High tunnel greenhouses are unheated structures  that can help commercial farmers extend their growing season. In addition, high tunnel greenhouses aid large-scale farming by extending the harvest by providing protection from the elements. The result is a more-stable production system that poses less risk of crop failure. They also help commercial farmers improve the profitability and productivity of their farms. High tunnels and cold frame greenhouses are sometimes referred to interchangeably.  High Tunnel Greenhouses are considered cold frame greenhouses, when  they don’t require heaters, fans, or other environment-controlling equipment. Rather, they simply consist of a translucent fabric cover, a steel frame, and rely solely on the sun for heat. To regulate internal temperature, high tunnel greenhouses are often ventilated  simply by lifting the side panels or unzipping the front or rear panel. However, sometimes high tunnel greenhouses can be customized with fans, heaters and other accessories. The
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  9. On Site Workshops: Storage and Shelter for Any Industry

    On Site Workshops: Storage and Shelter for Any Industry

    Businesses that conduct work outside require sturdy, dependable shelter to get the job done. Temporary buildings like fabric sheds, garages, canopies, and storage buildings make excellent on-site workshops for a variety of businesses.

    If your business is growing at a rapid pace, or it is simply outgrowing its existing space, a temporary building may be the right short-term solution.

    What Is a Temporary Building?

    Simply put, a temporary building is a structure that is not meant to be permanent. A temporary building like a garage, shed, or carport is cost-effective, and makes the perfect on-site workshop.

    There are a few ways that they differ from permanent structures.

    For example, the materials used to construct a temporary structure are different. While a permanent building could consist mostly of bricks, concrete, and lumber, a temporary building typically uses lighter-weight materials. However, that doesn’t mean a temporary structure is fragile: they are, indeed, built to last. Some temporary buildings are even wind and snow load rated*, which means they are ready to take on tough weather.

    Also, while they should always be anchored** for safety’s sake, temporary buildings do not need to be built atop a concrete slab or a wall foundation.

    Examples of temporary buildings include metal sheds, metal garages, fabric sheds, fabric garages, and canopy tents. While temporary, they are sturdy, stable, and require little maintenance. Temporary structures are easy to assemble and can be taken down or moved when the need arises.

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  10. From Greenhouses to Animal Shade: How These Affordable Farming Supplies Can Benefit Your Land

    From Greenhouses to Animal Shade: How These Affordable Farming Supplies Can Benefit Your Land
    Every farm, big and small has essential equipment that makes a farmer’s life easier and contributes to a successful season. But beyond that, these must-have agriculture tools increase output and benefit lives of the farmer and animals alike. Items like livestock shelters and greenhouses will enhance your ability to get the most out of your land. Here are some affordable farm supplies to add to your toolkit on the farm. However, many types of farming supplies can get expensive. Finding affordable farming supplies and solutions is often important for farmers to help them keep costs down, while simultaneously improving their output and efficiency in both farming and livestock cultivation.

    Affordable Farm Supplies for Increasing Crop Yield

    Some of the most useful farming supplies that help growers extend the amount of time they can cultivate crops are greenhouses. Some farmers may even choose to start certain crops in the greenhouse before transplanting. A greenhouse kit with a smaller footprint can help farmers in multiple different ways.
    “You can continuously be producing crops if you have a market for it,” says Kimberly Moore, PhD, Professor of Environmental Horticulture with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Moore says farmers already know how to maximize their yield in the field. But a greenhouse kit could allow farmers to continue to grow the crop when it can’t be in the field due to weather conditions. “If they have a niche market, they can be growing herbs for a local restaurant and create a specialty greenhouse,” she said.
    Smaller kits can also act as a trial period for farmers who haven’t tested a commercial greenhouse, but may expand in the future. “I suggest buying small first and really learn how to grow in one and control the light and humidity to maximize the effect,” Moore said.


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