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Farm and soil specialist Dan Kittredge joins me to talk about building soil and increasing plant nutrition.

Learn more about Dan and see his free courses at bionutrient.org.

 

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Most of the tomatoes that Curtis grows fall into the cherry and saladette category - the smaller tomatoes.  These types of tomatoes offer several advantages - they are pretty vigorous, they have a relatively short DTM, and because chef's like them.  And when much of your sales are for restaurants, you grow what they want to buy. Over the years Curtis has evolved his system for tomato culture.  And he now looks at them as a bit of a bonus crop given the way that he grows them. Many home gardeners dedicate full rows to tomatoes and give the plants wide spacing’s.   Curtis does the opposite.  He interplants his tomatoes; dedicating most of his bed space to another crop, while squeezing his tomatoes into the out 2 edges of each bed.   This strategy works for several reasons.  It takes advantage of more of the soil strata.  The tomatoes are planted deep, so their roots occupy the deeper layers of soil.  While the main greens crops in the beds have shallow root systems.  So while the plants are planted in the same space competition is minimized.  Another reason why the competition is minimized is that the tomatoes occupy more of the vertical space.  If you time the plants strategically during the year plant growth and sun angles allow you to get more plants in the same space with no shading. Overall, inter-planting has been huge for Curtis's farm.  It's what's allowed him to hundreds of pounds of greens and hundreds of pounds of tomato, in same relative space.   Not a bad bonus yield in a situation where most farmers would simply leave the tomatoes out.   Look around your garden at the extra space and think about that next time you plant your tomatoes. It's currently May 4, 2016.

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Scott Hebert and I talk about how Scott has created a functional balance in life between business and non-business.  He also talks about some of the changes he has made to improve his life on farm and off-farm including getting more fit so he can think and farm better.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flavourfulfarms

YouTube: https://bit.ly/2u3WxIW

 

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Today farmer Taylor Rogers talks about how he started his farm and sells to restaurants - his primary market. He currently grows of 20 different crops, and it's that variety that has been one of the keys to his success.  In this episode, he'll also talk about some of the other things that have made him successful such as growing what chefs want, how they want it and bringing it when you say you’re going to bring it. All keys to his current success and keys he learned before he even got into farming when he saw these problems first hand working behind the scenes in the kitchen.  Taylor's going to share a lot of information and insight in this one about working with chefs.

Follow Taylor: https://www.instagram.com/inseasonomaha/

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Benny and Courtney Pino from Loblolly Farm join me to talk about all of the different potential market streams for small scale cut flower growers.  From selling to distributors to florists to designers there are a lot of potential outlets to sell to as a grower.  We will discuss each model hitting on the pros and cons of each, so you can hopefully find a market stream that works for you.  The whole key is finding the best one that fits your farm and your context.

 

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Follow Loblolly at https://www.instagram.com/loblollyfarm/

 

 

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Today's episode is a BEST OF episode, which is a replay of a previously aired episode.  Enjoy!   Jodi Roebuck of Roebuck farm discusses how he has incorporated Grow Biointensive practices into his market garden.  Techniques include compost, mulching with tarps, and the importance of deep soil.   Follow Jodi @ http://www.instagram.com/roebuckfarm

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Emma Hendel of Fair Share Farm gives us a look at the work that happens behind the scenes to support and enable field production.  She cover’s what she does in the office on a weekly basis for their farm.  Tasks include bookkeeping, market, and communicating with customers.  In this episode, there are tips for increasing your time bandwidth and some thoughts about the upside of on-farm sales.

 

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Instagram: http://instagram.com/fair_share_farm 

Website: https://www.fairsharefarm.net/

 

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Whenever you do something why are you doing it? Are you doing it because that something is pulling you towards it, is it the opposite, are you forcing yourself to do something and pushing yourself towards it. There's a big difference there.  And depending on the answer to that question, it means the difference between doing big things and setting out to do big things, but never really getting anywhere. To further explain this concept I turn to the brilliant personal development specialist Anthony Robbins... “I think you have to have something larger than yourself that you are after because [otherwise] you will let your fear dominate you. But if you have something—your children, your mom, your dad, a friend, a mission—something you want to do that really pulls you [the fear disappears]. Because push never lasts. ‘Push’ motivation is I’m going to make myself do that. You can do that for a while, but you are eventually going to [regress]. When you are pulled toward something larger than yourself, you’ll make the sacrifices; you’ll do what’s necessary because it’s not just about you. I really believe life supports what supports more of life.” This is what we are focusing on today.  It's a loose conversation based around this idea of push and pull.  And finding something that makes it easy to choose to be great. Something that you feel compelled to do, and you feel off when you aren't doing it. When you hear about someone like Curtis putting in a ton of hours working in the farm, and you think, why does he work so much, you are missing the point, because maybe that thing that you think is work isn't working after all...

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For today's show I got a group of those growers together and asked them all how their doing it, growing greens during the summer heat.  And not just growing them, but growing them very successfully. In today's episode you will hear how their doing it and what goes into growing the greens from establishment to harvesting to storage. There are some similarities in their strategies and some differences.  There's a lot in here. The Farmers: Elliot Seldner of Fair Share Farm in Winston Salem, NC. Brandon Gordon of Five Acres Farms in Pleasant Plains, AR Erich Schultz of Steadfast Farm in Queen Creek, AZ Ray Tyler of Rose Creek Farms in Selmer, TN

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Justin Logeais joins me to talk about transitioning from full-time employment to full-time farming - how he did it, how it paid for it, and the balance that was required.  He also talks about balancing family with running a business and keeping family first.

Connect with Justin:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/compostguycsa/

 

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