Commercial Growing

  1. Mastering the Art of Soil Nutrients: Blending Intuition and Science for Optimal Soil Health

    I grew up in a family of strict recipe followers; every baking project followed a structured procedure. Flour was always sifted twice – once before measuring, once after – and we used a special knife to accurately level flour in the measuring cup. Every instruction was followed precisely. As a rebellious teenager and young adult, I improvised everything in...
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  2. Resolving for a Better Season

    Even if you’re not in the practice of making formal New Year’s resolutions, it’s hard not to get swept up by the bright feeling of potential that January 1st brings annually. For growers, it’s tempting to take this time off, to give ourselves a much-deserved break from the hard work of farming. But if you can muster the energy, there...
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  3. Crop Rotation for Diversified Vegetable Operations

    Crop rotations are an essential farm tool. If planned and executed well, a crop rotation can establish long term soil health, break pest and disease cycles, diminish weed seed banks, balance nutrient levels, and create a vigorous overall farm system. Even if you’re a well-established farmer, chances are you’re frequently making adjustments to your crop rotation in order to...
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  4. Microgreens: Quick Returns on Minimal Space

    This time of year commercial growers try to push sales of the last of storage crops like onions, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and winter squash. These sparse offerings of the late season often result in a customer base oversaturated with storage vegetables. So, how do you set yourself apart and get the most “bang for your buck” at winter markets and...
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  5. Putting Cover Crops to Work

    Growing vegetables is hard on a place, and it’s important to put something back for all that we take out. One of our responsibilities as growers and gardeners is to be good stewards of the earth that we use. Feeding the soil is an important piece of increasing the health of our fields. One can add compost, but increasing levels...
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  6. Storage Carrots: A Fall Planting Guide

    Here in Vermont, it feels like we just finished talking about how much wood we have left to heat the house, and now it’s time to be thinking about storage carrots? It just doesn’t seem fair. I realize that there is still a lot of the season left, but keeping fall crops on the screen is important. So much...
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  7. Heat Tolerant Greens: Varieties for the Hottest Summer Months

    Jodi Lew-Smith is the Breeding Coordinator at High Mowing Organic Seeds. As our season slowly evolves from spring into summer, those of us who grow greens all season long are thinking about how to change up successions to those that will put up with heat. This is a challenge every year, as consumer demand for fresh leafy greens remains...
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  8. Pest Management on the Small Farm

    Like all good medicine, our pest management is built on prevention. At Good Heart Farmstead, we don’t use any pesticide sprays, and instead focus our efforts on creating a balanced system, which includes building healthy soil to grow strong, hearty plants. Here’s a round-up (organic, that is!) of our...
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  9. Crop Talk: A Season of Lettuce Production at High Ledge Farm

    No matter where you grow, our high quality lettuce varieties mean a consistent supply all season long. I really like that we offer all the classic market standards, as well as a number of specialty varieties that are exciting visually or offer a unique eating experience...
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  10. Growing with Kids: 6 Practical Ways to Engage Them on the Farm

    This summer our son will turn 3, and over the past three years we’ve found many ways to engage him here at Good Heart Farmstead through our daily farm tasks. By doing so, we spend quality time with our son, avoid the expense of child care, and...
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