Monthly Archives: May 2013

Eat More Dirt: Raising Kids in the Garden

I began gardening with my father when I was very little. I don’t really remember much about it actually, as if it was so commonplace as to not be special. But special it was because my love of the garden … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Kids and Gardening, Philosophy | 17 Comments

Starting A Farm

I didn’t know what to expect in May 2009 when I started my first day as a farm crew member.  It was on a small start-up farm in Northfield, Vermont called the Green Mountain Girls Farm.  It was their first … Continue reading

Posted in Beginner Gardeners' Guide, Commercial Growing, Growing Tips | 4 Comments

Field Walks: Staying Connected to Your Crops

In my mind, I am a now junior grower.  I figure you get one freshman year, and then a bunch of sophomore years.  After 12 seasons, I am unwilling to consider myself a senior grower, but I get a little … Continue reading

Posted in Articles by Farmer Paul Betz, Commercial Growing, Farmer Authors, Growing Tips | 5 Comments

Striving Towards Sustainable Employee Management

How to Keep Yourself and Your Farm Staff Happy – by Becky Maden In the fall of 1995, I found myself living in the loft of a barn, surrounded by a heap of hay, piles of mouse droppings, my pack … Continue reading

Posted in Commercial Growing, Farm Ethics, Farmer Authors | 7 Comments