Member Priority: Horticulture
June 20, 2018
Eight fruit and vegetable farms provided a profit-loss statement and simple balance sheet for four years (2013 – 2016). Five of the farms averaged more than $24,000/ac in gross revenue for the 4-year period. Four of the farms had a “favorable” four-year average net income ratio, ranging from 0.23 – 0.43. Number of years farming as a business ranged from 2 – 14 years. No two farm financial strategies or situations are the same. This report serves as a starting point for profitability conversations, and for farmers to compare their own numbers with their peers.
June 18, 2018
June 13, 2018
The last day of May was hot and sunny for Grade A Garden’s first PFI field day, but a delicious lunch in the shade and the openness of the hosts kept the 50 attendees energized and engaged throughout the day. Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer discussed vegetable crop production, use of the layers as fertility […]
June 7, 2018
June 6, 2018
May 10, 2018
Four diversified vegetable farms planted strips of an annual flower mix. Farms assessed flower establishment and attractiveness to insects. Buckwheat dominated the mix, providing early blooms but perhaps to the detriment of other flowering species. After buckwheat bloomed, there was a gap before the cosmos began to bloom. Basil, dill and cilantro did not fare well in the mix; farmers would prefer to transplant or plant these species in monoculture blocks.
April 12, 2018
“What is entrusted to us, we should care for.” This stewardship ethic seeped into each unit of Shane LaBrake’s 2-day tractor workshops. Being good stewards of the land, our bodies, our workers’ health, and yes, the machines themselves, he argued, builds an environment where fewer resources and time are needlessly wasted. He also reminded workshop […]
April 4, 2018
Beginning livestock farmers Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn have struggled to find affordable insurance coverage for their farm business. The Shinns will share details about their farm and the process they’ve gone through as they evaluate their risk-management options. Rodney Sebastian, with USDA Risk Management Agency, will discuss current insurance programs and risk assessment tools the Shinns could consider.
February 27, 2018
Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and insects are critical to crop production and play a crucial role in our nation’s food supply. This farminar will provide a guide to restoring native prairie by offering recommendations for research & planning, site preparation, planting, and management. This information is applicable if you’re restoring many acres or considering a backyard project. Jessi and Dennis from Shooting Star Native Seeds will talk about how to choose a seed mix, how to eliminate weeds before you plant, what equipment is needed, and the management practices needed for continued growth of your pollinator habitat.
February 13, 2018