Clayfield Farm Profits From First Summer Harvest With New Rolling Thunder™ Greenhouse

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Clayfield Farm Records Highest Profit Margin - Credits New Rimol Greenhouse Systems Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder Greenhouse

Clayfield Farm's new Rolling Thunder Greenhouse sits on a 200' track and has allowed Phil Norris and his growers to extend the growing season from six months to ten months out of the year.

John Wells was very easy to work with,” Norris said. “What I was doing was very new and different, so he was very good in giving me what I needed and it’s certainly paid off so far. I wouldn’t hesitate going back to Rimol Greenhouses.

Clayfield Farm recently completed its first full summer with a new 22’ x 48’ Rolling Thunder™ Greenhouse from Rimol Greenhouse Systems. Owner Phil Norris purchased the structure to extend his production season from 6 to 10 months. Seed germination can now begin in February with the last harvest occurring in late November. Currently the farm harvests nearly 60 retail items, and due to the extended growing season, is expected to earn its largest profit this year.

The greenhouse is the first with polyethylene covering to be installed on the farm’s 15-acre property. Construction for it was completed at the end of last fall after work had begun earlier that summer. Norris constructed the Rolling Thunder™, which also included laying the two galvanized steel pipes for rolling.

“My site is slightly curved so I laid out the pipes with a gentle curve and then built the house on top of them,” said Norris. “The house rolls more easily than any other movable greenhouse I have ever seen. Two people can push it by leaning on the corners. No tractors, no winches."

Norris initially toyed with the idea of installing a 22’ x 60’ high tunnel structure, but ultimately settled on the 22’ x 48’ with a 200’ track after consulting with Rimol Greenhouses New England Sales Manager, John Wells. The Rolling Thunder™ is complete with roll up end walls for increased ventilation, a customized sidewall entrance, 32” of ground clearance and a built-in irrigation system that sits overhead. Norris credits Wells’ vast experience in indoor growing environments for finalizing all fixtures and dimensions.

“John Wells was very easy to work with,” he said. “What I was doing was very new and different, so he was very good in giving me what I needed and it’s certainly paid off so far. I wouldn’t hesitate going back to Rimol Greenhouses.”

“Things change quickly in this industry but the one constant that remains is giving those that utilize our greenhouses the necessary resources to extend the growing season,” said Wells. “I’m glad we could help Phil out and give Clayfield Farm its first polyethylene greenhouse structure because it gives his retail options flexibility.”

In addition to extending the growing season for Clayfield Farms there are other operational benefits to a Rolling Thunder™ Greenhouse. “I wanted this high tunnel to roll easily so that it could be moved several times each season,” Norris said. “I wanted plenty of clearance so that the high tunnel could roll over established crops.”

About Rimol Greenhouse Systems:

In 1994, Bob Rimol, owner of Rimol Greenhouse Systems, decided to leave his home state of New Jersey and relocate with his young family to New Hampshire. Bob began working as a greenhouse manufacturer’s representative specializing in structures and systems. However, he soon realized the need to “build a better mousetrap” and set out to customize greenhouse technology in order to better suit the needs of his customers. Bob then founded Rimol Greenhouse Systems in order to provide innovative and quality greenhouse technology for local growers.

Rimol Greenhouse Systems has since developed a number of free-standing greenhouses, benches and an entire line of products to complement the greenhouse structures. Other structures include the movable The Rolling Thunder™, high tunnels, and hydroponic systems. All Rimol Greenhouses are designed to be economical, yet rugged enough to handle the harshest snow and wind conditions experienced in New England and many other regions of the country.

Today, Rimol Greenhouse Systems has become a major greenhouse manufacturing company and has developed a brand name synonymous with quality. Although the company has grown and expanded, Rimol Greenhouse Systems still ensures that it is meeting the individual needs of every customer. Rimol products can be found all across the United States.

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