Category Archives: Vegetables

Boost sales at fall farmers markets

As days grow shorter and nights grow cooler (maybe), many growers see their largest harvests of the year. Be sure to sell that bountiful harvest at its freshest. UVM Extension’s Mary Peabody, Director of the Women’s Agricultural Network and UVM … Continue reading

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Increase soil fertility by adding chickens in field rotations

Building soil fertility and organic matter is a standard practice in organic agriculture. Organic farmers count on healthy soils to increase crop yields and crop quality as well as their farm’s long-term sustainability. Farmers build soil fertility by feeding soil organisms, … Continue reading

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Sustainable production leads to success at Little River Farm

How many young farmers met their financial goals during their first year in business? Bob Payne and Camille Abdel-Nabi started their 3-acre farm with solid training and experience in organic growing, high energy and a good business plan. Bob has an … Continue reading

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Building a Great Farm Team

Good hiring decisions help farm owners/managers and farm workers build an efficient, productive and happy team. Where does a farmer find good employees? How should farmers select the right apprentices, farm workers or farm managers to build a successful farm … Continue reading

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Legal concerns around farm workers & employees

Workers and Employees Farming is hard work. Many farmers seek help from a blend of volunteers (CSA work shares – trading food for labor), compensated volunteers (trading food and/or housing for labor) and paid employees. Farmers seek happy and productive … Continue reading

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Beginning farmer training for military veterans

Military veterans prefer hands-on learning with people they trust. Veterans want to “do” rather than listen to lectures. Successful educators build relationships with veterans and create Beginning Farmer training techniques that address veterans’ unique learning style. Effective educators offer training … Continue reading

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How Skinny Dip Farm grows winter storage crops

Each fall, the farmers market offerings and CSA shares from Skinny Dip Farm include cabbages, leeks, winter squashes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and a variety of root crops including potatoes ( fingerling and good storing varieties like German Butterball and Sangre), … Continue reading

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