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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:...

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers with Dan Brisebois – Part 4 of 5

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After the initial planning for financial targets comes the field planning—crop choice, planting schedules, crop maps, and, finally, filling out seed orders for each crop.  Crop Planning Step 3: Make Field Planting Schedules  Two things to consider in this step are when and how much to plant.  When to plant. This is calculated by subtracting the days to maturity from your target...

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers with Dan Brisebois – Part 3 of 5

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In the previous post, we examined the first of Dan Brisebois’s 11 steps for crop planning: setting goals. Today we’ll look at the second: developing a marketing plan. Crop Planning Step 2: Develop a Marketing Plan Your marketing plan will be based on your salary, budget, projected expenses, and financial goals. Since you’ll be aiming to meet your financial goals, it only makes sense to plan how...

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers with Dan Brisebois – Part 2 of 5

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In the first post in this series with grower Dan Brisebois, we gave an overview of Ferme Tourne-Sol. Today we’ll examine the first of Dan’s 11 steps for effective crop planning. Before You Start  Dan can’t stress this enough: before you even consider beginning your own farming operation and growing for a living, get some training. Find a good farm with a system that works and learn the...

Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers with Dan Brisebois – Part 1 of 5

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In this blog series, we’ll be learning from farmer and Ferme Tourne-Sol co-owner Dan Brisebois about crop planning for organic vegetables. Hopefully, we’ll shed some light on how to increase productivity (and profit) with the use of a strategic plan, coupled with flexibility, to maximize our farms’ potential.  First of All, What Makes a Good Farmer?  Is it being able to grow multiple...

how to grow Salad Greens in the Summer – Part 4 of 4: Rosecreek farms, tennessee

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Next up on our summer greens series, we’re heading to hot and humid Selmer, Tennessee, to talk to farmer Ray Tyler of Rosecreek Farms. Ray produces 300 pounds of greens a week in the summer, and he’s planning to up his production to 500 pounds.  Rosecreek’s Greens Rosecreek mostly grows salad mix, arugula, spicy mustard mix, and baby red Russian kale. They also grow green sweet-crisp...

how to grow Salad Greens in the Summer – Part 3 of 4: steadfast farm, arizona

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Next up on our summer greens series, we’re heading out west to Queen Creek, Arizona, to talk with Erich Schultz of Steadfast Farm. Erich successfully grows greens in 100+ degree temperatures. Anyone Else Growing?  Pretty much everyone else in Erich’s climate has completely abandoned growing greens in the summertime—and it has been that way since he started. That’s actually the reason he...

how to grow Salad Greens in the Summer – Part 2 of 4: Five Acre Farms, Arkansas

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Second in our summer greens series is a farm in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. In this post, Brandon Gordon of Five Acre Farms explains how he’s able to grow 200 to 300 pounds of salad mix a week in the midst of the summer heat.  The Challenges  The biggest problems Brandon and his farm face when growing greens in the summer are bolting and bitterness. And then there are the caterpillars...

how to grow Salad Greens in the Summer – Part 1 of 4: FAIR SHARE FARM, NORTH CAROLINA

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Have you ever considered growing lettuce in the middle of the summer? You might be thinking, “Why would anyone try to grow greens in the blazing heat of the summer sun?”  While it makes sense for some farmers to stay away from heat-sensitive crops in the summer, quite a few growers are seeing success in growing them, despite the sun and heat.  In this four-part blog series, we’re taking...

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