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'