Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

Mike and Emily were kind enough to share their presentation from The Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns last week. They are incredibly industrious, organized and thoughtful about creating a life with farming, rather than just a living. Inspiration for all of us, and useful, practical information for farmers.

The slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/threespringsfarm/young-farmers-conference...

And my notes are included below:

Thank you so much for sharing your incredible knowledge! I’ll include my notes from the session here. Please let me know if there are any errors:

Slide 12: The Coolbot is an economical way of building a cold room for storage. Modified a/c that brings a room down to a steady 40 degrees. http://www.storeitcold.com/

Slides 15-27: Rototiller (vs. a Rotera), Bedmaker, Transplanter, Planter Jr., Cultivators (customized), Backpack sprayer, Direct Seeder, Jab Seeder, Mower, Angle Blade, Angle Drill.

Slide 44: Anchor crops: Asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples.

Slide 50: Harvesting and Prep for market: Pick all at once, then clean and pack back at the sink / packing room (assembly line system). Hybrids over heirloom tomatoes (for display, shelf-life, durability, yield)

Slide 65: The 'basket' CSA was more work than it is worth. Giving members a 'running tab' at the market cuts down on stress and boosts loyalty. Often, members will 're-up' mid-season.
Tractor-buying decisions based on availability and incentives. Started with a $5000 used John Deere, then bought new at 0% interest. Added a $13,000 Massey/Ferg later.

Recommended book: Vern Grubinger’s 'Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market'

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