Author Archives: Paul Betz

Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait … Continue reading

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I Love Winter Squash – Harvesting, Storing, & Curing Winter Squash

When I was a little baby, I have been told, I loved winter squash so much that it was fed to me so often that I got sick of it, and then I refused it for the next 25 years … Continue reading

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Optimizing Your Backpack Sprayer

Most farms have at least one backpack sprayer. They are cheap to buy, easy to run and are an efficient way to get the sprays on the crop. My farm is small enough that I will probably never use a … Continue reading

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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

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Tomato Grafting for Your Greenhouse

I have been growing tomatoes in the greenhouse for 12 years now. I switched to grafted plants after my house “hit the wall.” After four successful years of growing glorious plants laden with fruit, my un-grafted plants topped out at … Continue reading

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Building Efficiencies Into Your Farm

*Win a $25 Gift Certificate to High Mowing Organic Seeds! Leave us a comment below sharing with us one of your time saving tips that you use in your garden or farm! We will randomly select a winner from the … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

In 1995, my wife and I moved to Maple Corner in Calais, VT, and found a cool little house to rent. We had been traveling and the prospect of having more than 80 square feet of living space was really … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Tomato Pollination

- Paul Betz is the owner of High Ledge Farm in Woodbury, VT, and in the winter months is a High Mowing Organic Seeds Sales Associate. We grow a fair amount of tomatoes for our markets, but like I have … Continue reading

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A “How-To” Guide for Watering Plants in a Greenhouse

One of the great things about running a greenhouse is the level of targeted care that you can give to your plants. They are all in one spot, and their basic needs can be addressed in a way that would … Continue reading

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Utilizing Every Last Inch – Farming on a Small Plot

At my farm, we are growing on 2.5 acres of land. Given that we are land locked, and have little opportunity to expand our acreage, we have very little room for planting too much of any given crop. Over the … Continue reading

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