Tecumseh Vegetable Grower Wins Plasticulture AwardThu, 16 Feb 2012 12:30:03 CST
Tecumseh vegetable farmer Keith Stinnett received the Outstanding Plasticulture Innovator Award at the 6th annual Plasticulture Workshop in Oklahoma City. The award was presented by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) during the conference attended by more than 200 farmers who are actively growing gardens using the plasticulture technique or ready to start this unique approach to farming. Plasticulture uses raised beds of soil covered with sheets of plastic to warm the soil earlier in the growing season and reduce competition from weeds. Plasticulture also aids in controlling water erosion and improves yields for fruit and vegetable crops.
Stinnett was honored as the “Outstanding Plasticulture Innovator of the Year” based on his ability to design and manufacture tools and equipment to help him produce vegetables more efficiently. He saved thousands of dollars in operating costs by inventing his own equipment from recycled and scrap material. Stinnett helped other plasticulture growers by sharing his designs and growing tips. He serves as a board member of the Seminole Farmers Market.
ODAFF gives grants to those interested in starting plasticulture gardens and raising produce for sale in farmers markets and other outlets. Grant applications and complete program details are available on the ODAFF website by clicking here. A selection committee will award new grants in August for gardens to be planted in spring 2013. Each successful grant applicant will be in the plasticulture program for a period of three years.
To learn more about the Plasticulture Program through ODAFF, visit or contact Micah Anderson at (405) 522-5595 or (405) 406-8903.
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