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Finance and Family Farm Success with Tony Barlow – Carrot Cashflow Episode 28

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary One goal that many market gardeners have is to become financially independent. And for that to happen, sometimes there needs to be some sort of supplemental income coming from outside the farm. Managing both can be tricky but doable. If you add on homeschooling your children on top of managing the business and an off-farm job, what can...

Tips on Succession Planting for a Continual Flow of Product

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Succession planting refers to strategically planning out a sequence (or succession) of crops that will be planted one after another in a designated area throughout your growing season. On a small-scale bio-intensive market farm, the goal is to maximize the yield of a limited growing space. This makes strategic succession planting of utmost performance. The more rotations of high-value crops you...

Adding an Online Option for the Farmer’s Market with Stephanie Haynes – Carrot Cashflow Episode 27

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary In a world where more and more businesses are offering convenient delivery of organic produce, how can a traditional farmer’s market compete, especially in post-Covid times? The Vancouver, Washington Farmer’s Market has an answer: offer an online option. In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, Stephanie Haynes of the Vancouver, Washington...

How To Build A DIY Coolbot Trailer

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Having a large enough space to keep your veggies adequately cool until delivery is incredibly important. With all of the painstaking labor that has gone into planting, protecting, harvesting, washing, and packing your beautiful produce, the last thing you want is for it to spoil due to an insufficient cooling space! Different Cooling OptionsStandard RefrigeratorCommercial Refrigerator (“Two-Door...

Keys and Tips to Run a Successful Farm Business with Ellen Polishuk – Carrot Cashflow Episode 26

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When people look to start a market farm, either one of two things happen: they either become good at managing both the growing side and the business side and their farm operation becomes a viable business, or they struggle with either the growing or the business side—or sometimes both—and the whole operation struggles. How can we prevent...

Carving a Niche Selling Pork and Beef – Tom & Marcy Bradley – Carrot Cashflow Episode 25

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When your market is willing and excited to try new things and there’s good competition in your area, how do you differentiate yourself from everyone else? How do you angle your marketing to attract new customers to get your product? In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, we’re talking to farmers Tom and Marcy Bradley of Pleasant Valley Farms...

Tips & Tricks for Designing a DIY Wash/Pack Tunnel

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Having an efficient wash/pack station on your farm is one of the most critical pieces of infrastructure to have in place when you first design your farm. When the first harvest starts, you don’t want to be scrambling around piecing something together last minute. You need to be able to wash, package and cool your product. Otherwise, all your hard work to finally reach the point of the harvest...

Running A Microgreens Business in Israel – Reuven Marriott – Carrot Cashflow Episode 24

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary When you’re sold on the idea of growing good quality produce to serve your community and you want to try it out yourself, how exactly do you start and run a local farm business when small, local farms aren’t really a thing where you’re at? In this episode of Carrot Cashflow, we’re talking to microgreens grower Reuven Marriott to share us...

TARPING STRATEGIES FOR MARKET GARDENING: SILAGE TARPS VS. CLEAR TARPS

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Over the last 10 years or so, the use of black silage tarps on small farms has become more and more common. This growing popularity of using tarps can largely be attributed to Jean-Martin Fortier from his book, The Market Gardener. JM was, and is, a huge proponent of the benefits of tarping when it comes to weed management and no-till soil preparation for new plots. Occultation is the term for...

Selling Bulk to Wholesale Customers – Noah Poulos – Carrot Cashflow Episode 23

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Listen to more episodes of Carrot Cashflow Episode Summary One of the reasons why small-scale market farms work is because of its direct-to-consumer model partnered with high-turnover crops like salad greens. That said, such a model can become quite labor-intensive. What if you have the scale and would like to cut down on labor costs while still making good margins? In this episode of Carrot...

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