Commercial Growing

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Instagram Marketing for Farms, Part 2

    Kate MacLean is the owner of Longest Acres Farm in Chelsea, Vermont. You can follow her farm on Instagram at @longestacresfarm. She and her sister are writing a forthcoming children's book centered around farm life. Where Part 1 in our mini series tackling farmers and social media gave a brief and basic introduction to using Instagram on your farm, Part...
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  8. Grower Profile: Ice Cap Organics

    Delaney & Alisha | Pemberton, British Columbia High Mowing Customer Since: 2010 The Stats 3 acres 10 farming seasons 3 markets (2 summer, 1 winter) 20-week CSA 2 certifications (Certified Organic &  Salmon Safe Certification)   Alisha with an abundance of kale at Ice Cap Organics.   The People “We are passionate about growing great food and doing it in harmony with the natural...
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  9. Crop Talk: Pinpointing Your Markets

    Markets – like farms – are a dynamic, ever-evolving entity. We often hear from growers who say they need to do an assessment season-to-season in order to figure out what the most profitable market is for their farm business. Dialing in your markets will also help you dial in your crop plans: maybe greenhouse tomatoes are your bread and butter...
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  10. Crop Talk: Your Greenhouse Checklist

    If you’re busy ordering seeds this month, please don’t let us stop you. By all means, carry on. But if you’re bulking up your seed inventory, we know that means the next item you’re turning your attention to is where to get all those seeds tucked into soil. That’s right: your greenhouse. In northern regions like High Mowing's home state...
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