Last Thursday, Tom, Adam and I (Bonnie) headed down to the Mill to finish construction on our high tunnel. We plan to employ micro-irrigation as we grow fancy peppers, tomatoes, a crop of fall green beans, and strawberries. Our primary goal is to learn more about growing and selling the peppers. Our secondary goal with the rest of the crops (at this time of the year) is season extension. The tunnel was covered last fall and no moisture has touched the ground since then; the soil is powdery dry. To repeat the sentiments of Gary Rapking, the Extension agent in Upshur County, 'the climate in the tunnel is arid'.