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THE DEEP COMPOST MULCH SYSTEM

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Deep Compost Mulch: A No-Till Approach The deep compost mulch system has been most used and promoted by many well-known farmers in the no-till farming space. Jesse Frost of Rough Draft Farmstead and the No-Till Podcast, Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Farm in Sweden (author of Regenerative Agriculture), and Josh Sattin of Sattin Hill Farm have all provided fantastic models of successfully...

Market Gardening Bed Flipping Systems: Full-till, Low-till, and No-till

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In this article, we will go over some different systems for flipping beds in preparation for the Paperpot Transplanter. From full-till to low-till, to no-till, different approaches require different systems and tools. What is Bed Flipping?Bed Prep Depends on What’s Being Planted NextPaperpot Transplanter Needs Prepared SoilFull-TillFull-Till bed Flipping System:Flail MowAdd Soil Amendments...

BioIntensive Planting Principles

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If you’ve spent time in the market gardening space, you’ve likely heard the term “biointensive” thrown around quite a bit. A foundational piece of the biointensive farming model is the practice of intensively planting crops in a permanent bed system.  This article will explore where the concept of intensive plant spacing came from (along with the term...

Why I Chose Not to Farm (and Decided to Homestead)

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My exploration of the possibility of farming began as many people’s do. I had grown up in the suburbs and hadn’t ever given much thought to where my food came from. But we became friends with some people who had a garden and chickens. Then someone recommended Wendell Berry and Joel Salatin’s You Can Farm. It wasn’t an immediate conversion, but I was definitely intrigued. This was about ten years...

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...

Designing the Market Farms for Success with Jean-Martin Fortier – Part 3 of 3

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In the last post, we covered features of JM’s design for his market garden, including his permanent bed system and some of the equipment he uses. In this final post, we’ll look at work-life balance, seeding, and weeding. Working Hours The farm’s 10-acre land constraint has been a blessing to JM and Maude-Hélène since it has forced them to prioritize, to determine which things they were and...

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