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Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 3 of 3

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Last time, we discussed how Neversink farm simplified its farmers’ market efforts. In this post, we’ll look at how they simplified by viewing their CSA as a completely separate business. Why People Visit Neversink Farm’s Booth  Many people would argue that their farm’s story is their edge and that this is what pulls people into their booth at a farmers’ market. But to Conor and Kate, the...

Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 2 of 3

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In the last post, we went over some of the ways in which Conor Crickmore simplified his on-farm operations. Today we’ll see how he simplified his marketing and sales efforts. Farmers’ Markets  Conor and Kate used to do CSAs, but they decided to scratch the CSA and focus on farmers’ markets since markets are more forgiving in terms of what crops you need to grow. When you sell at farmers’...

Tips for Increasing Farm Profitability with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 1 of 3

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Do you value simplicity as a virtue? Or is it something you rarely think about? In this series with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, we’re going to discuss how Conor and his wife, Kate, learned to simplify their operation in order to make their business more successful and more profitable. Get Good Conor firmly believes that it’s better to be really good at one thing than to try to do many...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 5 of 5

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In this final look into Neversink Farm, we’ll discuss why Conor Crickmore broke with the market gardening convention and stopped using his BCS two-wheel tractor. The BCS as a Legitimization Stamp While Conor and Kate were a lot happier once they got rid of their BCS two-wheel tractor, they can’t deny that having it that first year did give them the confidence to walk out onto their plot of land...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 4 of 5

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In the last post, we looked at Conor’s decision to focus on production instead of infrastructure. Today we’ll examine size—both in terms of the farm itself and individual growing beds. Scaling Back and Efficiency  At the moment, Neversink Farm has an acre and a half of vegetables, but Conor and Kate are planning to scale back to 1.2 acres. It was a difficult decision to make, but they each...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 3 of 5

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So far in this series, we’ve covered how Neversink Farm was founded, including the mindset they adopted that led to success. Today we’re going to look into a few different things, including whether to focus initially on getting infrastructure in place or on production. Prepping the Soil  Getting their farm’s soil right was difficult for Conor and Kate because they live in a river valley...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 2 of 5

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Starting farming when you have no prior experience can be tough. Especially when you dive in headfirst with no fallback. But Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm was successful, in large part due to the mindset he established for himself. The Mindset in an Uphill Battle Despite being able to make some profit from vegetables, the first year of farming was extremely difficult for Conor and Kate. Many...

$350,000 on 1.5 Acres – Increase Efficiency and Profits with Conor Crickmore of Neversink Farm, Part 1 of 5

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In this blog series, we’re going to talk about how Conor and Kate Crickmore of Neversink Farm got started in market gardening—particularly his process of developing systems that worked in his context in New York State. We’ll highlight a central theme of theirs: focusing on what works and then getting rid of what doesn’t so that jobs get done faster and easier.  Conor didn’t start out grossing...

Powering the Homestead with a BCS Generator

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We lost power in a thunderstorm last Wednesday and didn’t get it back until thisMonday. Much of my original motivation for getting into homesteading was disasterpreparedness. So it was particularly frustrating that we weren’t ready for this event.In my defense (it’s human nature, unfortunately, to always defend ourselves!), I haddone some things to be ready for such an event. Just a few days...

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers with Dan Brisebois – Part 5 of 5

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Now that financial goals are set, crops selected, and seeds ordered, the next step is simple: follow through with the crop plan. After that, simply keep good records and analyze your crop profitability.  Crop Planning Step 8: Carry Out the Crop Plan Do the work!  Crop Planning Step 9: Keep Records As Allan Savory says in Holistic Management, the word “plan” is a 24-letter word:...

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