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The secrets of a successful Farmers Market

Thriving Farmers Markets have loyal customers and great vendors. The market’s customers spend money, return regularly and bring friends. Successful vendors bring great products, friendly smiles and the right pricing, week after week. The 2014 RI Farmers Market Manager Conference … Continue reading

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Weed control for vegetable crops

Good weed control leads to stronger plants, higher crop yields and higher farm profits. “Effective weed control starts with proper identification,” said Dr. Richard Bonanno, UMass Extension and GAP Educator, at a recent pesticide-training workshop held in Warwick, RI. He … Continue reading

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Use micronutrients to increase crop yields and nutrition

If you could increase your yields and your markets demanded more produce, would you spend money on soil amendments? Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA has long recommended farmers pay attention to soil micronutrients. He said soil … Continue reading

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Farm Succcession Planning

Surprisingly few farmers, ranchers and foresters have made a retirement plan. Only 27% of farmers have succession plans to transfer their farmland and farm business to the next generation, according to Katie Cavanagh, a fifth-generation farmer and Farm Succession Planning … Continue reading

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Host a successful field day

Share your variety trial, on-farm experiment results or great new equipment with fellow farmers and researchers. Combine this message with other topics and offer a 4 to 6 hour field day. Charlie White of Penn State Extension and Molly Hamilton … Continue reading

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Benefits of Growing Cover Crops

More and more growers plant cover crops to improve soil quality, raise soil moisture, reduce erosion and maximize profits. Cover crops may include grasses, legumes and forbs planted between cash crop seasons to protect and improve otherwise bare soils. Over time, cover crops improve … Continue reading

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New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

The New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show offered over 30 educational workshops on strawberries, blueberries, viticulture, brambles, cucurbits, brassicas, root crops and cut flowers. Growing topics included greenhouse-growing, organics, storage techniques and soil fertility. Business topics included farm decision-making; … Continue reading

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