Commercial Growing

  1. Farmland Transitions Part 2

    While challenges and pressures will continue to exist for those who hope to stand up to the problems inherent in our modern food system, there are always those who have gone before and those who are finding solutions to these issues today. Connecting to elders, collaborating with community members, reaching out to other farmers, and tapping into the local and...
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  2. Farmland Transitions Part 1

    The year is 2020 and while there has never been more access to information for young farmers seeking to learn, it seems as though acquiring the land and capital to start an agricultural enterprise has never been more difficult. As this newest generation of agrarians face the mounting pressures of student debt, finding land with good access to markets, systemic...
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  3. Adding Flowers to Your Farm

    When it comes to market gardening, it can be difficult to find a balance between diversity and efficiency. Whether you're hoping to put together a beautiful table at a farmers market, attract restaurant sales, coops or local shops, or satiate the culinary curiosities of a big CSA, having a wide selection of different crops, varieties, and options keeps your operation...
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  4. How to Make the Most Out of a Farming Conference

    Farm Conference season is here and we know just how daunting it can be. Whether you're an introvert, new to farming, or can't decide what classes to take, the packed agendas and extreme networking can be a lot to take in. As you register and prepare for your chosen conferences, we wanted to offer some advice for getting the most...
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  5. Grower Profile: Mighty Soil Farm

    Kate & Joe | Chatham, Michigan High Mowing Customer Since: 2018 The Stats 3/4 acre 2 growing seasons in Chatham 4 points of distribution (farmers markets, CSA, grocery stores and restaurants) 15-30 average number of different vegetables CSA members choose from weekly 100% certified organic by MOSA The People "We chose the name Mighty Soil Farm because we believe that growing the...
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  6. Crop Talk: Fall Crops

    Though it hardly seems fair with spring having just begun, May and June are the time to be thinking about what, if anything, you’ll be harvesting when the fall arrives. Here are a few crucial fall crops to plan for, and some resources to help you have success with your fall harvests: Fall Root Crops Lauded for their impressive storability...
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  7. Quick Farm Crops for Mid-Season Sowing

    Farmers in mid-summer often have real estate to maximize as crops start to come out of the ground instead of going in. Read on for advice on some of our favorite quick-maturing crops that can fill those empty field spots and provide a little extra product for mid-season markets. Microgreens Microgreens  are the ultimate last-minute crop, no matter the season...
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  8. The Story of a Seed: Hybrid Corn Edition

    How does a corn seed get from plant to packet? Read on to learn about the intricacies of hybrid corn seed development and production through looking at the variety Enchanted F1. We hope the story of a seed entices you to try a new corn variety this season! To read about open pollinated corn seed production, click here. Enchanted F1...
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  9. Crop Talk: Farm Marketing

    Hello again, and happy April. Marketing, for small scale farmers, used to mean simply showing up at the farmers market every Saturday morning. If you were really on top of your game, you even had signs that matched the produce you had harvested. You standing behind the table selling your produce was the marketing strategy. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that times...
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  10. Crop Talk: Potatoes & The CPB

    Here’s a confession for you to start the month: We love potatoes. But it’s safe to say we hate the Colorado Potato Beetle. We're guessing you might know what we're talking about. For those of you in the regions lucky enough to not have to deal with the destruction this little bug brings, we hope this Crop Talk may still serve...
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