1. 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 instead of storing items off-site is far more practical, as this makes it easy to access the items i

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  2. 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
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  3. 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 rotate crops.

    Soil Testing

    If you plan to grow in the dirt, the soil must be tested before you buy, lease, or rent any property. Even if the property isn’t identified as a brownfield site, contaminants found in urban soil, can be costly to remove. For the health and safety reasons, have the soil tested even if you plan to use raised bed gardens or containers for urban farming.


    How much sunlight does the property get? The amount of sunlight your property gets will determine what you can and cannot grow on it. If there is a building with a flat roof on the property, then farming on the rooftop may make a lot of sense. Rooftops get plenty of sunlight and are great for growing in containers and raised garden beds. However, rooftops get very hot, so you should consider using a greenhouse to control the sunlight and temperature.

    Urban Farming Techniques

    When growers decide to plant food in urban areas, it gives better access to fruits and vegetables to people who may not have an affordable place to purchase them. According to, these urban farms are usually built on underused land, like an abandoned car lot or a shuttered business. Greenhouses are a great way to increase yield in these areas.

    Raised Bed Gardens

    One Washington, D.C. neighborhood utilized a network of raised bed gardens to build one of the most successful urban farms in the area. They used companion planting, which enhanced crop growth. Raised bed greenhouses in an urban farming atmosphere are perfect for a small footprint. This GrowIt Raised Bed Greenhouse is an ideal solution to extend the growing season for crops, while providing temperature control and adequate airflow. The high-grade steel frame will stand up to elements, even in a city atmosphere. The triple-layer cover is waterproof and UV-treated. Utilizing a greenhouse like this one could increase profitability, quality, and production.

    What to Plant

    Having all the right piece of land for urban farming is only half the battle. You need to know what you can and can’t grow successfully in your region. You need to know what you can successfully grow in an urban farm in your area of the country. The first thing to do when choosing what to grow is consult the hardiness zone map from the United States Department of Agriculture or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. This will let you know what plants will flourish, and which you should take pass on. There are some basic staples that should grow well in most zones. For example, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squash grow great in the summer. Carrots, beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, radishes, and potatoes can grow year-round in many climates, or in a greenhouse. If you plan to sell in a food dessert, make it a priority to meet your neighbors. Learn if there are fruits and vegetables that they would like to have, but don’t have access to. If demand for the crop is there, and it can be grown successfully in your zone, then bring it to the people.

    What Soil is Best for a Raised Garden Bed?

    The best soil suitable for vegetables includes lots of compost and organic matter such as composted leaves and ground or shredded, aged bark. Whatever soil you’re starting with, incorporate enough organic material so that the amended soil is neither sandy nor compacted. When the mix is right the soil will bind together when you squeeze it but breaks apart easily when disturbed. This soil is full of living microorganisms that help feed your plants. Water will be sufficiently retained and yet won’t saturate the soil either.

    The Importance of Adding Mulch

    Mulch can be any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and make the garden bed look more attractive. Add a three-inch layer of any organic mulch around your plants and over the irrigation lines if possible. Mulch will insulate the soil, helping to keep it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It also helps retain moisture, suppress weeds and acts as a protective barrier from diseases splashing up onto the plants from the soil.

    High Tunnel Greenhouses in Urban Farming

    When you think of high tunnel greenhouses like this one, you may imagine them sprawled out on a large rural farm. While it’s true greenhouses have many benefits to large scale agriculture, they are being used more in urban farming, too. According to the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), commercial urban farmers are using high tunnel greenhouses more to increase profitability. It also gives growers the best use of a smaller space. ATTRA says this allows for the use of intensive planting methods to grow crops quickly and efficiently. ShelterTech’s High Tunnel Greenhouse grows bigger plants faster than the competition, and is great for urban farming. The best part about this choice is you can buy what you need. Whether you require the full, complete greenhouse kit, or you’re simply looking for the steel frame, you can custom order your own on our website. Customize your own high tunnel by purchasing only the frame, all the way to the entire greenhouse kit. More reasons to purchase this high tunnel greenhouse for your urban farm: Stronger structure: This greenhouse is manufactured with high-quality galvanized steel manufactured in the USA for supreme durability. It also resists corrosion and rust. Customization: You can choose your own size as small as 8 x 8 ft., or as large as 38 x 15 ft. This is especially helpful when you may not have a large space to begin growing your crops. Simple Assembly: This greenhouse comes with pre-drilled holes and step-by-step instructions for easy assembly, so you have more time to plan for your crops and less time setting up your structure.


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    The Possibility of Hydroponics

    When using a greenhouse for urban farming, it’s possible to grow without using soil. Hydroponics is a growing area of commercial food production and can be practical for urban farming. It is a method of growing plants in nutrient-rich liquid instead of soil. There are several advantages to hydroponics in urban farming. For example, there’s no weeding, fast growth of plants, high yields in a small space, no soil-related insects or diseases, and no critters stealing crops. Also, the vegetables harvested are clean, easy to pick, and of consistent quality. Growing hydroponic crops usually requires sophisticated technology, specialist skills, and expensive equipment. However, simplified versions can be affordable and easy to use.

    Urban Farming Can be Successful and Rewarding

    Urban farming can be a successful and rewarding business for both yourself and food desserts. However, successful urban farming does not happen overnight. But if you look into these solutions, you’ll be well on your way to successfully growing great produce.[/vc_column][/vc_row]
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  4. 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 ShelterTech High Tunnel Greenhouse, for example, can be used in both ways. Also, high tunnels are generally more mobile than other greenhouse units. Although a high tunnel greenhouse should always be anchored, they have been developed to be versatile growing environments that can be disassembled and re-positioned or re-located relatively easily. Thanks in part to their ease of assembly, it’s simple to move your high tunnel from field to field depending on your farm’s crop rotation schedule. A high tunnel greenhouse can be used to protect anything from tomatoes to flowers from harmful weather conditions. They also help to create  the perfect environment for your plants to thrive and survive. This option also allows you to extend your growing season with minimal investment.

    High Tunnel Greenhouses Offer a Great Return on Investment

    As a commercial farmer, you may look at the price of a 100-ft. long, 38 ft. wide high tunnel and go into sticker shock. But compared to a permanent greenhouse, high tunnels are relatively cost-effective. Also, it’s possible for a commercial farming business to pay off a high tunnel in fewer than two years.

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  5. 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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  6. 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 t...

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  7. Wind and Snow Rated Winter Storage Shelters

    Wind and Snow Rated Winter Storage Shelters

    Winter’s fury can wreak havoc on your belongings. Whether you’re trying to keep your car out of the ice, or a boat safe from snow, investing in winter storage shelters is essential. There are multiple reliable storage buildings that will make sure your items are safe from the rough weather.

    Creating Perfect Winter Storage Shelters...

    When it comes to choosing the perfect place to store you
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  8. The Benefits of High Tunnel Greenhouses for Commercial Growing

    The Benefits of High Tunnel Greenhouses for Commercial Growing

    What are High Tunnel Greenhouses?

    If you’re looking for a spacious, customizable and easy-to-use gardening solution, high tunnel greenhouses might be the perfect solution. High tunnel greenhouses (also referred to as hoop buildings) are large, unheated greenhouse structures that help extend the growing season and protect plants. High tunnels are often considered ...
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  9. See Our ShelterTech SP Series Building At The Simsbury-Fly In Show This Weekend!

    See Our ShelterTech SP Series Building At The Simsbury-Fly In Show This Weekend!

    Join us at the Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show and see our ShelterTech SP Series building in person...

    On Sunday, September 25th 2016, ShelterLogic will be at the Simsbury Fly-In and Car Show in Simsbury Connecticut where we will have a ShelterTech SP Series Building on display. Visit our booth between 8am to 3pm at the Simsbury Airport in Central Connecticut for our raffle and much more! This year's show will feature hundreds of airplanes and cars out on display and will host a full schedule of activities, sem
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  10. Why Choose a Custom ShelterTech SP Series Building?

    Why Choose a Custom ShelterTech SP Series Building?

    Learn More about ShelterLogic's Premium Line of Custom ShelterTech SP Series buildings

    At ShelterLogic, we have hundreds of garages and buildings – from our standard Garage-In-A-Box..., to the superior, custom built wind and snow rated ShelterTube buildings to our premium line of custom-built ShelterTech SP Series buildings - perfect for outdoor home and even large, commercial storage. Here's why you should choose the custom S
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